Kingston Lacy: A Civil War Heroine, The Philae Obelisk & Tortoises

Kingston Lacy: A Civil War Heroine, The Philae Obelisk & Tortoises

Situated near Wimborne Minster in the Dorset countryside in an incongruous site. An ‘Italian Palazzo’ which would possibly be more at home in the Veneto. Light, Italianate and airy, whilst still retaining something of England. Perhaps it is the large double-hung sash...

The English Country House Development: Windows, Staircases & Wallpapers

The English Country House Development: Windows, Staircases & Wallpapers

The changing architecture of the English country house demonstrates the evolution of arrangement in how people used and circulated within them. Fashion and educated taste combined with developments in technology provides a fascinating history of country house design....

Clothier John Lane at Cullompton Church

Clothier John Lane at Cullompton Church

With churches closed this year, I have been taking the time to look at their exteriors (when allowed out!). One church that has fascinating carvings that take the viewer back to the early 16th century is St Andrew's at Cullompton in Mid Devon. On the south side of the...

The Teasel in the English Woollen Cloth Industry

The Teasel in the English Woollen Cloth Industry

Tuckers Hall, Exeter - The Guild and Incorporation of Weavers, Fullers & Shearmen THE TEASEL IN CLOTH PRODUCTION Earlier this year I visited the 15th-century Tuckers Hall in Exeter (before Lockdown). It has been occupied by the Guilds and Incorporation of Weavers,...

The Curse of Sherborne

The Curse of Sherborne

Hutchins dedicates a section in Volume IV of his work The History And Antiquities of the County of Dorset titled ‘The Curse of Sherborne Castle from a MS. of Bishop More’. Below is a summary of the report in Hutchins: The castle was built by Roger, third Bishop of...

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Exploring Building History is a website and blog dedicated to establishing a resource of historical information related to the built heritage of England. The regular blog posts aim to provide the reader with a diversity of architectural history subjects. This could be a particular building, individual, monument, subject area, architectural element or historical source. Downloadable factsheets, produced on a regular basis, provide a snapshot of relevant historical data for building history study.