English Country House Libraries (page 4)


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The library at Tyntesfield, a Victorian Gothic Revival estate in Somerset, England. The library contains one of the largest collections of Victorian books in England.



The library at Penrhyn Castle in North Wales. It was built between 1820 and 1845 in a Norman Revival style. The library was designed by the architect Thomas Hopper (1776-1856) in and was inspired by the Norman architecture of the church of St Peter in Tickencote, Rutland. The library still contains a book by John Carter of 1796, Ancient Architecture of England, which illustrates the church. Built for George Hay Dawkins-Pennant (1764-1840), whose wealth came from slaves, sugar and slate, it is an attractive nineteenth-century gentleman’s library, with a mixture of grand and ordinary books that reflect the family’s interest at the time.



The Library at Tatton Park in Cheshire, England was built in the late 18th century. The library room is perfectly symmetrical, in keeping with the formality of the Neo-Classical style. It houses one of the largest and most important library collections owned by The National Trust with over 8,000 books in this room alone, with a further 4,000 elsewhere in the house, many still in their original covers and in mint condition.



The Library at Berrington Hall in Herefordshire, England. The library was built in 1780 and has fitted bookcases designed to resemble classical facades with shallow pediments & delicate Ionic pilasters united by a frieze of square Greek key pattern.



The library at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire. The house was built on the site of a priory in 1733 and is known for its interiors by Robert Adam and its Chippendale furniture. The library contains 4,000 books housed in elegant bookcases designed by Adam and murals depicting mythological subjects.



The library at Cardiff Castle in Wales. The Castle was originally built by the Normans in the 11th century with its most recent major renovations, including the library, done by the 3rd Marquess of Bute in 1868. The room contains rare manuscripts, stained-glass windows depicting scenes from the Bible, extensive gilding and finely-crafted doors and shelves. Above the fireplace in the library are 5 statues each holding a tablet with an 'ancient' language alphabets reflecting the importance the 3rd Marquess attributed to knowledge (from left to right): Greek, Assyrian, Aramaic, Hieroglyphics, Runic/Celtic.

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