Synopses & Reviews
This beautiful publication narrates the romantic biography of an architecturally significant country residence and its rescue from decline. Dating from the mid-15th century, Apethorpe in Northamptonshire was home to a succession of leading courtiers and politicians. At the command of King James I, the house was refurbished with a richly decorated state apartment. The suite, with its series of rare plaster ceilings and carved chimneypieces, unquestionably ranks as one of the finestandmdash;and least knownandmdash;in Britain. In 2004, English Heritage rescued the house from ruin and has since restored it to much of its glory.
This book places Apethorpe in its wider historical and architectural context, comparing it with other Tudor and Jacobean houses. It sheds new light on the furnishing, decoration, and circulation patterns of state suites in country homes. Written by architectural and archeological experts from Historic England, this monograph, the first on Apethorpe, is illustrated with new and historical photographs, paintings, maps, engravings, and specially commissioned interpretive drawings that reveal how the house looked at key moments in its history.
When the motor car first came to England in the 1890s, it was a luxury item with little practical purposeandmdash;drivers couldn't travel very far orand#160;quickly without paved roads or traffic laws. Thus began a transformation that has affected the architecture, infrastructure, and even the natural environment of the country. Carscapes relates the history of the car's impact on the physical environment of England from its early beginnings to the modern motorway network, focusing especially on its architectural influence.
The authors offer a detailed look at the litany of structures designed specifically to accommodate cars: garages, gas stations, car parks, factories, and showrooms. Presenting a comprehensive study of these buildings, along with highways, bridges, and signage, Carscapes reveals the many overlooked ways in which automobiles have shaped the modern English landscape.
Carscapes reveals the many ways in which automobiles have shaped England over the past 115 years, focusing on innovations in architecture and infrastructure.
This superlatively illustrated monograph tells the romantic biography of Apethorpe, an architecturally significant English country house, and its rescue from decline.
About the Author
Kathryn A. Morrison is a senior architectural historian based in the Cambridge office of Historic England.and#160;