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Design from 'Town and Country Houses Based on the Modern Houses of Paris', C.1864 (Colour Litho) Giclee Print

Design from “Town and Country Houses Based on the Modern Houses of Paris” c. 1864 by Leblanc

For much of history a Gentleman’s status was largely determined by how much land he owned. In Europe, land and estates were handed down from one generation to the next along with any debts incurred. They simply did not “buy new,” it was considered gauche. If anything, they bought the land and then had the estate built to their liking. Do not get me started the tangle of legality about inheritance or the issues of entail regarding estates of the landed gentry (Miss Jane Austen is much better at explaining those bits.). Any well-bred (read: moneyed) Gentleman had a home in Town (that is London, to the uninitiated) and in the Country (which could be any rural-esque place on the British Isle). Most of these grand estates and manor homes were erected up until 18th century. By the 19th century there was not as much construction as there was the time before. Then World War I began and changed everything. But, I digress, if you are a Gentleman in the market for a new residence, or a Lady itching to make a move . . . consider these estates; currently for sale at the time of this post. This entry concludes our Manly Month of June trend, I hoped everyone enjoyed the masculine side of the 19th century!

Photo of Stanford Court

Stanford Court

Photo of Sonning Eye

Sonning Eye

Photo of Graffham Court

Graffham Court

Lygon Place