Past Meets Present at Clandon Park

Today I am taking the challenge set by Becky of It Caught My Eye in Portugal to compare a photograph of the past with a recent one I have taken myself.

I have lived near to Clandon Park for 37 years and although I didn’t particularly admire the appearance of the outside architecture, I always felt at home walking around this National Trust property.  Inside as well as the Marble Entrance Hall, there were beautifully decorated rooms full of enchanting china.

When I first saw the smoke and flames of the house fire which caused so much destruction I was very sad and my more recent photos show that although the shell remains, the roof and much of the interior has been destroyed.  Now the NT are looking for an architect to oversee its rebuilding.  I am looking forward to a hopeful future for the House.





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To join in with the #FridayFiveChallenge please read the rules at the bottom of the page

In recent months I have visited several interesting buildings from different eras so this week I searched through books under the category of Architecture.  Some of these books are full of glossy photographs and therefore expensive but then I happened upon a group of books by a man called Trevor Yorke.  They have titles such as The Victorian House Explained and English Churches Explained.  In order to judge whether these books would be informative yet also enjoyable to read, I needed to look inside.  I was pleased to find lots of hand-drawn pictures with clear labels.  As a family historian I was tempted to choose Gravestones, Tombs and Memorials but I decided that the most useful book was British Architectural Styles: An Easy Reference Guide.


 Book Description

Here is a compact and useful guide, filled with detailed and original drawings, to help put a date to the variety of period buildings we see around us. It covers an immense range of structures and styles from 1500 to 1950. In addition, there is a glossary of architectural terms and a historical time chart. The book will prove an invaluable companion whether visiting grand houses open to the public or simply strolling around the streets of villages, towns and cities.

There are 40 reviews averaging four point five stars including comments such as:

British Architectural Styles proved an easy reference guide, helping me to date the wide variety of building we see around us. It covers the immense range of architectural styles from 1500 to 1950, complete with a glossary of architectural terms and a historical time chart. Each chapter covers a distinct period with a background to the social and economic history and details of the styles of architecture in fashion at the time.

The Kindle copy is £3.47 and the paperback £4.99.  Shall I BUY or will I PASS? I’m going to BUY the paperback.

What have others chosen this week?

Rosie has gone Against the Flow in 1930s Australia

Shelley’s choice took me back to waiting in the playground for my children to come out of school

Cathy has found a powerful title called Autumn’s Blood

Alison has chosen a book about a family in crisis

So now it’s your turn.

Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

Rosie’s Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?