Wednesday, 29 March 2017




I've been enjoying this book slowly, not so much for the wealth of architectural detail but for wonderful stories like this.
Would you have guessed that this is a design - not for a castle in Spain - but for Selfridge Castle, drawn up for the flamboyant owner of the department store - near Bournemouth! It was never built. Probably just as well.
 

3 comments:

galant said...

I absolutely loved this book, Tinniswood is such a good writer. The only drawback was that the book, while not particularly large for a book of this kind (social history, illustrated) was physically very heavy for me to handle which took some of the pleasure away.
Margaret P
www.margaretpowling.com

Veronica Cooke said...

Good Lord! That 'castle' looks more like a state building - a parliamentary type building even.

I think I would loved to have been a country house guest at one of those wonderful homes but I was far more likely to gave been a household servant...

Mary said...

That's why it's taken me so long, Margaret - it's not handbag-sized!

If i could have been head cook, Veronica, I'd have far preferred downstairs to endless chitchat and dressing-up.