The coun­try house un­der threat

Country Life Every Week - - Country Life 1897–2017 -

ON the open­ing of the V&A Mu­seum’s sem­i­nal ex­hi­bi­tion, ‘The De­struc­tion of the Coun­try House’, a re­port by Ar­chi­tec­tural Edi­tor John Corn­forth asks: ‘Coun­try Houses in Bri­tain—can They Sur­vive?’ ‘Cer­tainly it comes as a shock to know that 780 houses in Bri­tain have been de­mol­ished, gut­ted or gravely re­duced in the 30 years since the last war… There re­main per­haps 1,000, but the dan­ger for most of these is se­ri­ous, and par­tic­u­larly se­ri­ous is the dan­ger to that con­ti­nu­ity of life built up over so many gen­er­a­tions. [The ex­hi­bi­tion] forces us to grasp the true sit­u­a­tion and tackle it while we can’ (Oc­to­ber 19, 1974).

In 1974, Bryan Ferry chose the name of the mag­a­zine for Roxy Mu­sic’s fourth al­bum and his racy cover image can be seen as his homage to the fa­mous Fron­tispiece

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