Heritage Talk – Caroline Knight

25apr6:00 pm8:00 pmHeritage Talk – Caroline KnightBoston Manor House

Event Details

Talk about Boston Manor & London’s early 17th century Country Houses

Caroline Knight, FSA, is an independent architectural historian, whose MA at the Courtauld Institute was on 16th and 17th Century architecture. Her research was on suburban houses round London in the late 16th and early 17th Century; this ended up as a book ‘London’s Country Houses’ which came out in 2009 and which included Boston Manor House. She also did a two-year research project on Kensington Palace, another example of a Jacobean house close to London for occasional use. Caroline lectures on British architectural history of the 16th – 18th centuries, largely at the V & A.

Caroline’s book looked at the country houses close to London of prosperous families, who in some cases had distant country estates as well as a house an hour or two from London, while busy merchants and lawyers working in the City simply had a house near London. These were used by the family especially in summer when London was unhealthy with risk of plague. The gardens could provide produce such as fruit and vegetables which could be sent to the London house; the grounds might include fields for cows to supply milk, and hay for horses. By the 17thC a compact brick house became typical, replacing the earlier rambling courtyard houses. The talk will look at some comparable houses to put Boston Manor House in context.

Doors for the talk in the State Drawing Room will open at 6:30pm, though ticket holders are welcome to arrive from 6:00pm and take time to visit the rest of the House. The House will also remain open for ticket holders for 30 minutes after the end of the talk (7:30pm-8:00pm.)

The talk will last around 45 minutes (6:30-7:15pm), with a 15 minute Q&A session (7:15-7:30pm)

Cost: £11.55



(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Boston Manor House

Boston Manor Road, Brentford, TW8 9JX

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