Country Life 15 February 2023

Country Life 15 February 2023 marks the 300th anniversary of the death Sir Christopher Wren, takes a look at the red kite and goes behind the scenes at the British Museum.


Jack Watkins admires the British Museum, Sir Robert Smirke’s magnificent tribute to ancient Greek architecture

As high as a red kite

Once nearly extinct, fierce red kites now throng our skies. Eleanor Doughty reports on their successful reintroduction

The proof is in the pudding

From syllabubs to steak and kidney, treacle tarts to tipsy cakes, puddings are the pinnacle of Britain’s culinary world, believes Tom Parker Bowles

Who was Sir Christopher Wren?

Clive Aslet delves into the life of one of our greatest architects, 300 years after his death

Not completely foxed

Hounds meet in good heart on Jamie Blackett’s frozen farm

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