Perfectly Palladian, Coolly Classical, Gloomily Gothic – The Georgian Country House in North West England and Beyond

The North West Area has arranged a Day of Special Interest, with Roger Mitchell, on 17 October 2019, at Lytham Hall.

Roger Mitchell is well-known as an Arts Society lecturer. He studied History at Oxford and Fine Art at Leeds, and then studied in the USA with a Churchill Award. A former College Vice-Principal, he now lectures at the University of Liverpool and for Adult Residential Colleges and is President of The Arts Society Salmesbury. He will address the different architectural styles of the ‘long eighteenth century’ and how these country houses functioned, as well as exploring their patrons’ intentions; were they expressing their good taste, power, wealth, political views, religion, ancient lineage or all of these? He will also examine the world-wide influence of this period of British country house architecture.


10.30 a.m. Registration and coffee/tea in the Hall
11.00 a.m. Introducing the Georgian Country House via houses in North West England
12.00 a.m. The Georgian Country House in England – houses in various styles and sizes
1.00 p.m. Lunch (buffet with glass of wine and tea/coffee)
2.00 p.m. Georgian Country Houses around the World – Scotland, Ireland, America, Australia –   finally back home to ask if the Georgian Country House ever went out of fashion
3.00 p.m. Guided tour of house (shorter version available for anyone who needs to get away).

Cost is £42 per person. A booking form is available here.


Caption: Lytham Hall by Andy Hay