English Country House Libraries (Page 10)

 

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The English House; Griffiths

This smaller library is in a Victorian terrace house in London's Holland Park area. It features Gothic-style cabinets and moldings.

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3558
The English Room; Moore

The Library at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, England. The house was built in 1607 and the library occupies the site of the original Great Parlour and Withdrawing Chamber. It contains over 10,000 volumes dating from the 16th century to the present day.

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3559
The English Room; Moore

The Library at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England, a structure dating back to the Norman conquest and renovated many times (and serving as the exterior model for the Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter movies). The Alnwick Library is perhaps one of the most magnificent of the English Country House Libraries, created around 1860 by architect Anthony Salvin and housing about 16,000 books on two levels. It has an elegant brass balustrade railing around the gallery, a large fireplace and a magnificent gilt plaster ceiling. The red walls and carpet, multiple seating and study areas, and personal photos and art make it a truly warm, inviting space. This room is one of my favorite home libraries and really sets the standard.

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3560
The Search for a Style; Cornforth

The Long Gallery at Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire was decorated in the 1670s and fitted with bookcases in the mid-19th century, to make an impressive library and extended living room. This 1905 photo shows a well-appointed library, with perhaps 10,000 books, a collection of Greek and Etruscan vases atop the bookcases and comfortable seating and study areas. The bookcases were removed when the house was redecorated in the 1920s, so the gallery no longer serves as the library.

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The Search for a Style; Cornforth

The library at Chequers Court in Buckinghamshire, England. This photo was likely taken before the estate was given, in the 1920s, to be the country house of the sitting Prime Minister of England. The library may since have been altered, but at the time of this picture, it was a fine room, with a bay of beautiful stained glass windows at the end, a carved plaster ceiling, somewhat sparse furnishings and ample shelf space for books.

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The Search for a Style; Cornforth

The living room at Wardes, a 14th-century yeoman's house in Kent, England. The house was restored around 1912 by Sir Louis mallet, a British diplomat. The most noticeable feature about this extraordinary room is the low, heavy wood-beamed ceiling. Roughly-hewn bookcases have been built into one end of the room, providing space for several hundred books (a large open fireplace occupies the other end of the modest room). An ancient-looking place.

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The Search for a Style; Cornforth

The library at Port Lympne mansion in Kent, England. The house was originally built in 1912, but was enlarged in the early 1920s. The library is an small octagonal room designed by Philip Tilden in a perfectly classical style with an airy domed ceiling. The property has become a wedding venue and zoo.

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3564
flickr.com (Wolfiewolf)

The library at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire, England. Built in 1851, the house was purchased in 1893 by the wealthy American Astor family, and Nancy Astor hosted many glamorous parties there in the 1920s. The Astors referred to the cedar-paneled library hung with lovely portraits as the "cigar box." The gave the house to the National Trust in 1942, but continued to live there until 1968, after the property featured in a political scandal (the Profumo Affair).

 

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