Yesterday we toured Highclere Castle, the Victorian country house where the popular British drama, Downton Abbey is filmed each year. If you have an interest in learning more about Victorian country houses like Highclere, today’s book is a good one to consider. You can tell the author has done his research.
In the BNOTP Library: The Victorian Country House
Author: Mark Girouard
Hardcover: 480 pages
3 Things I Like About This Book:
- I featured this book many years ago in a post where I shared a number of books in my decor library, so it may look familiar to those who have been reading BNOTP since the early days. Written 30+ years ago, this is not your typical decorating “picture” book. Though there are a lot of photos, most are black and white with a few color images sprinkled throughout. This book is a great read for anyone who really wants to learn a lot more about the large country houses built during the Victorian era and how/why they came to be built.
- Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, is mentioned several times in this book and is covered in detail on pages 130-136. Thirty Victorian country houses are featured in this book.
- The book is divided into three sections. The first section is a detailed history of the life of a Victorian gentleman, the social and financial climate of the day, the cost involved to build a big country house and even the state of technology, plumbing heating, electricity, etc… during this period. Definitely an interesting read if you enjoy learning about those things. Second section of the book features 30 Victorian country houses with a fair amount of detail on each house. The last section is a “catalogue” which is basically a paragraph summary on each of the homes featured in the book along with other country homes not covered in the book.
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