EI Weekly Listen – Clive Aslet: The changing fate of the English country house

Amid the tumult of the 1970s, it appeared the traditional country house had gone into irreversible decline - but it was too early to write it off. Read by Leighton Pugh.
Castle Howard, Yorkshire, home of the Earl of Carlisle, c1880. Castle Howard was built between 1699 and 1712 to designs by John Vanbrugh. A print from A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, edited by Reverend FO Morris, Volume I, William Mackenzie, London, c1880. Wood-engraved plates after paintings by Benjamin Fawcett and Alexander Francis Lydon. (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)
Castle Howard, Yorkshire, home of the Earl of Carlisle, c1880. Castle Howard was built between 1699 and 1712 to designs by John Vanbrugh. A print from A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, edited by Reverend FO Morris, Volume I, William Mackenzie, London, c1880. Wood-engraved plates after paintings by Benjamin Fawcett and Alexander Francis Lydon. (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)
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