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British Country Houses, Gardens, and Castles: Garden and Landscape Design

This page is intended to guide users through the resources needed to study Castles, Country Houses and Gardens of England, Scotland and Wales.

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Oxford Companion to the Garden   

This Companion is devoted to gardens and the people and ideas involved in their making. It combines a survey of the world's gardens with articles on a range of topics, such as garden visiting, horticulture, scientific issues, and the social history of gardens, as well as biographies of garden designers, nurserymen, and others. Over half the entries are devoted to individual gardens, ranging from palace gardens to private gardens of outstanding design.

Dictionary of Architecure and Landscape Architecture   

Search entries on architects, terms, periods, and styles, covering all periods of Western architectural history. Each entry is followed by a mini-bibliography, with suggestions for further reading.

Books on British Gardens and Landscape Design

Books listed can be found in the YCBA Reference Library unless otherwise noted.

Books on British Garden Scultpture and Ornament

Also see the resources listed above for relevant chapters and websites below for images of garden sculpture and ornamentation. Books listed can be found in the YCBA Reference Library unless otherwise noted.

Websites on British Gardens and Landscape Design

Britain Express

This tourist site for discovering Britain can be searched by type of attraction such as castles, abbeys, historic houses, gardens, etc. Attractions can be searched alphabetically in England, Scotland and Wales.

British Castles, Stately Homes and Houses

This website features an alphabetical listing of Castles and Stately Homes in Britain with weblinks and photographs.

Gardenvisit.com: The Garden and Landscape Guide

The site lists nearly 800 gardens in England, 100 in Scotland and 35 in Wales, organized by region. Each listing gives photographs, a map view and visitor information.

Historic House Association

HHA represents 1,500 privately-owned historic houses, castles and gardens throughout the UK. Their portfolio of 300 HHA houses open to the public can be searched.

National Trust

The Trust preserves and makes public, historic houses, gardens, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages, etc. The site can be searched for properties and the latest news on preservation.

Parks & Gardens UK

Resource dedicated to information relating to historic parks, gardens and other green open spaces throughout the United Kingdom. The database can be searched for over 6,500 parks and gardens and 2,000 biographies of the people who worked in them. Also browse through news affecting historic parks and gardens.

Stately Homes

The guide will help you plan your visit to one of Britain's stately homes, gardens, castles and other historic properties and houses. Includes all major properties represented by the Historic Houses Association, National Trust, English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw (Welsh Heritage), and The National Trust for Scotland and other properties open to the public.

Thomas Mawson Archive

Search this archive for photographs of Thomas Hayton Mawson’s gardens, parks and civic space commissions. Mawson was a celebrated landscape architect of the Edwardian era and renowned for the creation of landscapes that utilized his architectural and horticultural skills.