The Georgian Country House

Posted by pt91 at Aug 12, 2011 11:43 AM |
Lamport Hall Study Day in association with the University of Leicester Centre for the Study of the Country House. Tuesday 6 September, Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire. Open to the public by prior booking.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 12 August 2011

In the final Lamport Hall Study Day for this season, Emeritus Professor Richard Wilson from East Anglia University will be delving into the subject of The Georgian Country House.

Professor Wilson is a distinguished architectural historian, well known as the author, with Alan Mackley, of Creating Paradise: The Building of the English Country House, 1660-1880.

Over the course of the day, he will consider three different aspects of the great period of country house building between 1700 and 1830, starting with the popularity of country house visiting and the light it throws upon the whole background of country house building in the period.

The second lecture of the day will look at how landowners estimated and paid for their building schemes and the strains cost imposed upon them.

Finally, through the work of the great architect Sir John Soane, Professor Wilson will examine the importance of patronage and how an architect went about his business in the 1780s.

The Study Day on 6 September runs from 10-30am to 3.15pm and consists of three lectures and lunch, in the elegant setting of Lamport Hall, the Northamptonshire home of the Isham family from 1560 to 1976.

Lamport Hall was developed from a Tudor Manor during the Commonwealth, and is now best known for its classical frontage, begun by John Webb in 1655 and completed in the eighteenth century, to the design of Francis Smith of Warwick.

The Hall is open to the public on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays from Easter. For details see:, and for more information on the Centre for the Study of the Country House at the University of Leicester see:

The cost of the Study Day is £40. For further information or to make a booking please contact Lucy Byrne, Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester, tel 0116 252 2762,  email

Notes to Editors: Further details are available as follows:

Dr Phillip Lindley, Founding Director, Centre for the Study of the Country House, University of Leicester, tel 0116 252 2866, email

Mr George Drye, Executive Director, Lamport Hall Preservation Trust, tel 01604 686 272, email

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