posted 04-10-2003 06:25 AM
I can't open the page, i get again and again a '404 non found-error'.
But that is no big problem, because i had already the answer laying besides me, when i typed the question. I just didn't knew it. Last week i was for a family visit in London and on friday i have bought the beautiful book 'no voice from the hall, early memories of a country house snooper' of John Harris. And yesterday evening while reading I discovered there was a small chapter about Bulstrode park with two pictures in the book.
The house lies in Buckinghamshire. The house has belonged to the Jefferies family, the earls and dukes of Portland (from the famouse dutch family Bentinck), to the dukes of Somerset, and the Ramsden baronets. After the Ramsden baronets comes in the hands of a strange international quasi-religious community (according to the writer) and now the house is run by evangelical christians.
The house was first a tudor hall. The bentinck rebuilt it in brick baroque style and the third duke of portland did a incomplet rebuilding by James Wyatt. So according to John Harris the house is now a strange bastard half Talman, half James Wyatt.
Synopsis of the book
This volume recounts an odyssey through country houses in the years following World War II. Most had been requisitioned by the armed forces and, when de-requisitioned, were left to stand empty awaiting their owners' return. It was then that John Harris first discovered country houses. Between 1946 and 1961 he visited over 200 houses. Hitch-hiking or travelling on pre-Beeching branch lines, he sometimes stayed in youth hostels, sometimes on straw bales in the houses themselves. No house glimpsed through the trees or up an overgrown drive escaped his attention. From these visits and from country house sales he became aware of the riches that country houses contained - pictures, china, furniture, marble fireplaces - riches that were in danger of being lost for ever. Here we follow an architectural historian in search of his quarry.