Great British Architects: Inigo Jones

Inigo Jones travelled extensively to see other forms of architecture all over the world and returned to tailor Classicism specifically to English needs

The Village Church for Village Life Award

Following the extraordinary success of the award last year, Sir Roy Strong introduces a second competition celebrating the work of rural parishes that have adapted their churches to serve village…

Rebirth of Folkestone

Huon Mallalieu reports on how the arts, and determination of Roger de Haan, have resurrected an English seaside town

Guide to Sir John Vanbrugh

A quick guide to an outstanding country-house architect responsible for two great commissions: Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard

Betjeman home wins award

An 18th century rectory, the former home of the late Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman, is unveiled as the winner of England's Finest Parsonage competition

Winner of Village Church Award

Sir Roy Strong announces the winners of this year's Village Church for Village Life Award: Norton St Philip in Somerset

Buy Country Life photographs

Readers can now order photographs from the archive of Country Life via a new ‘Print on Demand’ service from the Country Life Picture Library

Interview: Michael Winner

As a leading council member of the Kensington Society, Michael Winner has fought to preserve historic homes from developers’ bulldozers including his own home, Woodland House

England’s Finest Parsonage

In this search for England’s finest vicarage or rectory, John Goodall explains the importance and appeal of these quintessential English buildings

Interview: Ed Vaizey

The Oxford-educated barrister turned MP is keen to champion the contribution of private owners of historic houses to the field of preservation of heritage