Spetchley Park, Worcester, Worcestershire - The original house was burned down on the eve of the battle of Worcester, 1651, by disgruntled drunk Scottish Presbyterian Royalists to prevent Cromwell from using the house for his headquarters. After the fire Robert Berkeley converted the stables into living accommodation & when the family fortunes improved the present Palladian house was built of Bath stone in 1811, to designs by the Catholic architect John Tasker.
Weston Park, Shifnal, Shropshire - From the orginal building of the House in the 17th century & the landscaping of the park & gardens by Capability Brown right through to hosting the G8 Summit of 1998, the story of Weston is one of excitement. The beloved seat of the Earls of Bradford since the 17th Century. It was gifted to the nation by Richard, the 7th & present Earl & with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the collection is now in the care of The Weston Park Foundation.
Kirstead Hall, Norwich, Norfolk – A fine Elizabethan Manor house of 'E' shaped plan with stepped Flemish gable ends. The brickwork with attractive blue diaper decoration & pin tiled roof. Thomas Godslave appears to have begun building the house circa 1570 incorporating parts of the previous building which was probably enlarged into its present form by Sir Thomas Spooner.
Deene Park, Corby, Northamptonshire - A most interesting house, occupied & developed by the Brudenell family since 1514, from a mediaeval manor around a courtyard into a Tudor & Georgian mansion. The most flamboyant member of the family to date was the 7th Earl of Cardigan, who led the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava & of whom there are many historic relics & pictures on view. Mr. Edmund Brudenell, the current owner, has taken considerable care in restoring the house since WWII.