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Country Houses of Lancashire and their builders

Lavishly illustrated with over 150 images – photographs, Victorian prints and specially-drawn plans – this is more than a guide or gazetteer. It is a comprehensive introduction to the rich heritage of Lancashire’s country houses, from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries. John Champness provides a lucid account of how and why the layout and decorative details of these houses evolved, how they reflected the attitudes and ambitions of their owners, and how they were built and financed. This book is the product of thirty years’ research; it was completed shortly before the author’s untimely death. Lancashire’s architectural heritage has long been underappreciated – John Champness was one of the foremost experts on the subject. This wonderful book is his legacy.

  • Softback
  • Full colour cover, 150 b/w figures, 6 ground plans, 1 map
  • ISBN: 978-1-86220-292-4
  • 200pp plus xvi

Price: £15.95 (plus p+p)

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Published by Centre for North-West Regional Studies, Lancaster University

About the Author
John Champness, an architectural and buildings historian, was the County Conservation Officer for Lancashire County Council for nearly 25 years. He also taught courses on Country Houses on Lancaster University's Summer Programme for many years. He died in 2011, shortly before this book went to press.

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