Prison or Arcadia? What Americans Made of the English Country House— with Clive Aslet

May 12, 2016 7:00 pm-May 12, 2016 8:00 pm

Clive Aslet, who has written extensively about country houses on both sides of the Atlantic, describes how Americans have responded to the English country house— and what they have contributed to many of its greatest examples.

American brides’ dowries contributed a vast amount of money to estates such as Easton Neston, Blenheim, and Floors Castle, while Andrew Carnegie and William Waldorf embraced the romance of Cliveden, Skibo Castle, and Hever.

Clive Aslet will talk about the Prince of Wales embracing the style of Long Island in Fort Belvedere as a result of his love for Wallis Simpson; the American Lawrence Johnston’s creation of the archetypal English garden at Hidcote; Nancy Astor becoming the first female MP to take a seat in the House of Commons; and Nancy Lancaster creating the ‘English country-house look’ in Virginia after the Second World War

Clive Aslet is an award-winning writer and journalist, acknowledged as a leading authority on Britain and its way of life.  He joined the magazine Country Life in 1977 and was Editor for 13 years, continuing to write for the magazine as Editor-at-Large.  He recently appeared in BBC 2’s series Land of Hope and Glory: British Country Life. 

£7 – to register call 01225 820866 or use our contact form.

Drinks reception 6.30pm, talk 7pm.

All participants must register to take part in courses, workshops, talks, and some children’s workshops.

Presented with the kind support of Wendy Claridge.