Holkham

The Social, Architectural and Landscape History of a Great English Country House

Christine Hiskey

Holkham

Christine Hiskey

Distributed for Unicorn Publishing Group

480 pages | 100 color plates, 40 halftones | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2017
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9781910065983 Published May 2017 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Set in a magnificent walled park surrounded by the marshes of the north Norfolk coast, Holkham Hall is a masterpiece of Palladian English country house architecture. Built by the Coke family in 1612, it has been in their possession continuously ever since, and this book celebrates its four hundred years of history.
           
​Drawing on the meticulous records and documents kept by generations of family and staff, Christine Hiskey offers a brilliantly realized account of its creation, its place within the larger estate and countryside, and its daily life—including the vast changes to its social and economic structures over the centuries. Beautifully illustrated with images of the house, its furnishings and setting, and maps and plans of the house and estate, Holkham is a wonderful tribute to a lost age—one that we can still visit today.
Contents
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements and Picture credits
An Explanation of Names and Titles
 
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 ‘A good man leaveth an inheritance’ The First Sixty Years 1601-1661
Chapter 3 Mortalities and Minorities 1661-1718
Chapter 4 Thomas Coke: ‘From the Old House to the New’ 1718-1756
Chapter 5 Building the Hall: The Materials
Chapter 6 Building the Hall: The Craftsmen
Chapter 7 Building the Hall: ‘Comfort and Convenience’
Chapter 8 Creating the Park
Chapter 9 Living in the New Hall: The First Twenty Years 1756-1776
Chapter 10 Farming, Whigs and Hospitality 1776-1842
Chapter 11 expansion and Change in the Park
Chapter 12 The Victorian Hall 1842-1909
Chapter 13 Modernising the Practical House in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Chapter 14 Overview: The Village
Chapter 15 Overview: Marsh, Sand and Sea
Chapter 16 Overview: Holkham and the Public
Chapter 17 Survival and Revival 1909-2000
Appendix 1 Thomas Coke’s architecture lessons in Rome during his Grand Tour
Appendix 2 Time Line: Creating the Park
Appendix 3 Time Line: Expansion and Change in the Park
Sources in the Holkham Archive
Notes
Archival image references
Bibliography
Index
 
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