English villages are renowned for their parish church and cottages, but usually nearby stands the larger home of the local person of wealth and social influence. Over time, this significant person would have been the local tribal chief, lord of the manor, leading cleric, courtier,
gentleman farmer, successful merchant or entrepreneur.
Some English country houses are referred to as castles or abbeys but are actually neither, although a manor house may have been fortified, and a former abbey may have had curtain walls and a gatehouse. The English country house as a genre has evolved through distinct periods of architectural style and fashion, and has been greatly influenced by major political events and economic trends, but each is unique and yet representative of its own locality. Many are very beautiful and all are quintessentially English.
This course will highlight country houses visited on the recent study tour to Wessex and also draw upon material from the Continuing Education Oxford Experience at Christ Church from 2-8 July 2017.
• Earliest country houses
• Medieval manor houses
• Tudor estates
• Georgian stately homes
• Nouveaux riches and social change
Fee: $50 due by Friday 28 July or email Frieda and pay on the day!