‘Every house tells a story, and Shugborough is no exception. Its story is one where inside and outside intertwine in perfect harmony, where a very English countryside estate is infused with global and exotic ideas and influences.’
This fully illustrated guidebook reveals over 300 years of tales about the people who lived at and modelled, worked on and visited this sprawling Staffordshire estate.
Discover the brothers who travelled the world and how their adventures shaped the look and feel of Shugborough’s impressive mansion and grounds – including the addition of a mysterious cat statue. Uncover what the young Princess (later Queen) Victoria got up to during her three-day stay in 1832. Peek inside the apartment that was formerly home to celebrated society and Royal photographer, Patrick Lichfield.
You’ll also find out about the development of the estate, including the creation of a pioneering park farm and innovatively designed walled garden, and the staff who worked on them.
Packed with stories and surprises, this guidebook is a comprehensive and attractive guide to a fascinating estate.
About the author:
Fiona Joseph is an author from Birmingham, UK, whose twin passions are history and storytelling. Her books include the acclaimed historical biography Beatrice: The Cadbury Heiress Who Gave Away Her Fortune and the fact-inspired novel Comforts for the Troops, which featured tales of women workers at the Cadbury chocolate factory during the First World War.
Fiona is also a renowned public speaker, whose Heritage Talks are often a sell-out event at literature festivals. She has presented to more than 200 different audiences throughout the Midlands and at the National Army Museum in London.
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