A surviving collection of personal letters sheds a fascinating light on 18th-century life in this fine Jacobean house. John Goodall examines the development of the building.
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Alastair Simms is one of Britain’s few remaining traditional coopers. John Goodall caught up with him to talk about barrels, birthdays, and beer that tastes of plastic.
The pretty village of Ashby St Ledgers in Northamptonshire takes its curious name from the dedication of the parish church to a 7th-century martyr and Bishop of Autun, St Leodegar.…
A new account of the country-house library will compel us all to reassess these rooms and their collections, says John Goodall.
This year, a remarkable educational foundation in a spectacular parkland setting celebrates its 70th anniversary. John Goodall considers the history of the building it occupies in the Great Park at…
An ambitious round of restoration work is reviving an estate and country house after a challenging 20th century. John Goodall explores the history of this remarkable building.
This magnificently preserved charterhouse offers a compelling insight into late-medieval English monasticism.
The serene beauty of this magnificent 15th-century manor house belies a complex and eventful history.
Iron can be wrought into the most delightful staircase balustrades. John Goodall chooses some favourites from Country Life’s outstanding archive.
An ancestral West Country home that has passed through the hands of one family for the past 600 years has, since the 18th century, developed a dazzling succession of interiors.
Untangling the Gordian Knot.
Here are nine examples of recently completed new builds to delight and inspire.
John Goodall explains how Country Life’s earliest photographers pioneered the art of capturing England’s most beautiful rooms.
There have been Maitlands at Thirlestane since the mid 13th century. The family formerly occupied what is today a ruin about two miles from the present castle at Old Thirlestane.…
A residence of the Bishop of Lincoln converted into an almshouse offers a unique insight into the realities of grand domestic life in England in 1500, as John Goodall explains.
We can’t resist turning a historian’s eye on Disney’s fantastical castle.
John Goodall looks at different approaches to the successful extension of historic buildings.
Our country houses are so much richer than we imagine. John Goodall is impressed by this exemplary new study.
A new study offers a fascinating insight into the planning, furnishing and life of country houses in Georgian Ireland, John Goodall explains.
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, the seat of Lord and Lady Rotherwick, is celebrated for its 17th-century architecture