The principal account of Arbury Hall’s history is contained in three earlierCOUNTRY LIFEarticles, by Gordon Nares, published on October 8, 15 and 29, 1953.

These have since been supplemented by Anthony C Wood’s article on Sir Roger Newdigate’s diaries inTransactions of the Birmingham & Warwickshire Archaeological Society 78(1962), pages 40-54 , and by the Dugdale Society’s The Correspondence of Sir Roger Newdigate of Arbury(Hertford, 1995).

The best account of Newdigate’s architectural career is in Michael McCarthy’s The Origins of the Gothic Revival (New Haven and London, 1987). This should be read in conjunction with the chapter on the Gothic Revival in Giles Worsley’s Classical Architecture in Britain: The Heroic Age(New Haven and London, 1996).

There has been much research recently on the Jacobite element in 18th-century British politics: perhaps the best place to start is with Eveline Cruickshanks’s pioneering Political Untouchables: The Tories and the ’45 (London, 1979).

Arbury Hall is on the outskirts of Nuneaton. Opening Times: 2pm to 5pm on the Sunday and Monday afternoons of Bank Holiday weekends only, from Easter to September.For further information, and details of group visits, telephone: 01203 382 804.