English Country House Libraries (Page 14)

 

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The Regency Country House; Robinson

The library at Meldon Park in Northumberland, England. The house was built in 1832 by architect John Dobson and the library, as the principal sitting room, was decorated in Grecian theme, as in the coved plaster ceiling and fitted bookcases.

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3592
The Regency Country House; Robinson

The library at Endsleigh Cottage in Devon, England. The cottage was used as a summer retreat by the Duke of Gordon and his family, so it was a smaller house, but the Duke had a keen interest in botanical books, so this library is larger than what one would expect for a "cottage," even one of the nobility. Beautiful grills on the bookcase glass doors, and the plaster roman statues are a nice touch.

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3593
countrylifeimages.co.uk

The library at Langley Park in Norfolk, England. The photos were taken in the 1920s when it was still a private house, but the building is now used as a school.

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3594
Books Do Furnish a Room; Geddes-Brown
mellerstain.com

The library at Mellerstain in Gordon, Scotland. This is an absolutely breathtaking example of a room designed by Scottish architect Robert Adam, done in 1770 and made to double-cube proportions. In addition to the beautifully-painted plaster reliefs on the ceiling and frieze, there are also four unusual long plaster relief panels of classical scenes, niches for large marble busts above the doors, a splendidly-ornamented fireplace, and classically-embellished pediments and friezes framing the bookcases. The books in the room are mostly those collected in the early 17th century. The room is comfortably furnished with a mixture of antique and modern furnishings. What a library.

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3595
Books Do Furnish a Room; Geddes-Brown

The study of former Master of Peterhouse College in Cambridge, England, Hugh Trevor-Roper. The holes in the ancient Aubusson carpet are imaginatively dealt with by covering them with back issues of Country Life Magazine, a staple in English country house libraries. This is one of my favorite photographs, one that illustrates the eccentricity and clutter of professors everywhere (together with the lovely furnishings of English houses).

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3596
Books Do Furnish a Room; Geddes-Brown
At Home with Books; Ellis

The library/drawing room and study of Strachur House in Argyll, Scotland, with the late Sir Fitzroy McClean pictured in his study. The formal book storage is located in the Drawing Room, but the books he used to research the books he wrote in his retirement from his careers as soldier and politician were mostly to be found in his pleasantly cluttered study. What an endearing photo of him wearing presumably his clan plaid and blending into the same plaid on the arm chair. A life lived amongst adventure and books.

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3597
pinterest (Thanks to Paul B. for his suggestion)

The library at Ham House in London, Surrey, England. Ham House dates from 1610, although many renovations were done in the following centuries. Installed for the Duke of Lauderdale beginning in 1675, the Library is the earliest library room to survive in a private English house. The library steps are from the mid-18th century; the room also contain a number of engravings and prints, as well as a 17th-century plan of the house.

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3598
nationaltrustimages.org.uk

The Library at The Vyne in Hampshire, England. The house was built in the 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain. It then became home to the Chute family of politicians and lawyers for more than 300 years. The library room was formerly the Wrought Bedchamber but was changed to the Library in the nineteenth century when William Wiggett-Chute, who moved into the house in 1842, introduced the library shelves, paneling and woodwork ceiling.

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3599
picasaweb.google.com (bo fredericksen)

The Library at Oxon Hoath in Kent, England. The house was built in the 15th century, but was extensively remodeled in 1846, which was likely when the library was designed in French-Gothic revivalist style. The property is available for weddings and retreats.

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3600
homeaway.com

The library at Great Tangley Manor in Surrey, England. Although the manor was listed in the Doomsday Book in 1017, alterations were done in 1582 alterations were carried out that characterize the main part of the house today. In 1880 Wycham Flower bought the property and commissioned Phillip Webb to extend the property. The library paneling and shelves likely date from this period, in the Arts and Crafts style. The manor is available for stays of small groups.

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