A fully revised and updated visual guide to some of the greatest architectural treasures of Britain, encompassing both interior and exterior design Enjoy the splendor of the most spectacular mansions of Britain such as Petworth House and Waddesdon Manor, and more lowly dwellings such as the Birmingham Back to Backs and estate villages like Blaise Hamlet, near Bristol. Other fascinating buildings featured range from churches, windmills, dovecotes, and castles to follies, barns, and pubs. The book also offers an overview of the country's architectural history, with every period covered, from the medieval stronghold of Bodiam Castle to the clean-lined Modernism of The Homewood. This handsome book is filled with stories of the people who lived and worked in these buildings: wealthy collectors (Charles Wade at Snowshill), captains of industry (William Armstrong at Cragside), prime ministers (Winston Churchill at Chartwell), and pop stars (John Lennon at Mendips). Written in evocative, imaginative prose and illustrated with glorious images from the National Trust's photographic library, this book is an essential guide to the built heritage of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.