Lost Mansions

Lost Mansions

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In seven provocative essays by historians, curators and architects, this volume invites us to question the nature of our interest in country houses. The focus is lost houses, itself a highly controversial issue. Over twelve hundred English, four hundred Scottish and three hundred Irish country houses (or about a sixth of the total) were demolished during the twentieth century. This book's essays debate the loss of these mansions from several perspectives: historical, archaeological, architectural and literary. Why should we care about their loss? And what is 'loss' when, quite apart from actual physical destruction, the changing use and appearance of the houses we visit or see on television often involves the loss of historical understanding? The volume debates the 'heritage' challenge in rescuing and interpreting the sites and material presence of destroyed mansions and offers some incisive ideas about the process of breathing new life into 'lost' mansions.In contrast to the sense of the AngloIrish as alien and unwanted, Bowena#39;s Court, the template for Danielstown, 62 escaped the turbulent years 1919a€“1923 almost unscathed. Bowena#39;s description of her fathera#39;s funeral in 1930 is particularly poignant. The Anglican service was held in the open air at Farahy church so that Roman Catholics could attend, which they did in their ... Nevertheless, although outwardly the AngloIrisha#39;s raison da#39;etre might have appeared in reasonable order at theanbsp;...

Title:Lost Mansions
Author: James Raven
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2015-04-29

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