This week in Country Life we visit Stratfield Saye, the magnificent Hampshire seat of the Duke of Wellington, we revel in the beauty of cherry blossom, we celebrate the razor-edged genius of caricaturist James Gillray, we reveal how to survive the election and we learn to cook with artichokes.

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