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Enchanted Forest: The Story of Stansted in Sussex - Lord Bessborough with Clive Aslet

London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1984, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Contains a chronology of events. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps [1]; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “This is the story of an enchanted forest — Stansted in Sussex — which has been a hunting lodge since medieval times. It tells of the visits of Henry II, Richard the Lionheart and King John; of the d’Aubigny and Fitzalan Earls of Arundel who lived there for 500 years; of Queen Elizabeth and King Charles n; the Lumleys and the Earls of Scarbrough who built the first house on the present site. There are accounts of the second Earl of Halifax and his mistress, a singer from Drury Lane; of the extraordinary Indian Nabob and his riches from the East; of the famous converter of the Jews, Lewis Way, and his strange chapel which inspired John Keats to write some of his finest verse. Finally, Lord Bessborough writes of his own family — of his father, who built his own theatre there, of his own role in the creation of the Chichester Festival Theatre, and his mother who cared for the garden and the woods to which, from time to time, in the words of Hilaire Belloc,

Native ghosts return and these
Perfect the mystery in the trees.

In collaboration with the distinguished architectural historian, Clive Aslet, Lord Bessborough has produced an evocative and moving history of his family, his home, its treasures and its place in the history of the western part of Sussex. Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white, Enchanted Forest is a fascinating account of one of England’s most beautiful country estates.”


Jacket designed by Mark Fiennes. Size: 10" x 7". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages.
£6.50

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