Uppark and Its People - Margaret Meade-Fetherstonhaugh & Oliver WarnerSelbourne: Privately Published, 1971, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
2nd impression. [First Edition: George, Allen & Unwin: 1964] Contains: Black & white photographs; Tables; Portrait to the frontispiece; Chapter tailpieces;
From the cover: “Uppark, high on the Sussex Downs, with glimpses of the sea, is a lovely house with an unusual history.
It was built, on a site long inhabited, in the reign of William and Mary for the Earl of Tankerville, a strange character who ran off with his sister-in-law and who fought, unskilfully, in Monmouth’s Rebellion. Tankerville’s grandson sold the house to Sir Matthew Fether-stonhaugh, a Northumbrian baronet who, with his wife Sarah, furnished and embellished it in admirable taste. Sir Matthew’s son and heir, Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh, once a friend of the Prince Regent, employed Humphrey Repton to make alterations to the exterior, while his widow (once his dairymaid) preserved it through much of the Victorian era, as did the sister to whom she left it. During the present century Uppark has had only two occupying families, who have cherished and preserved its attractions.
Lady Meade-Fetherstonhaugh and Oliver Warner have related the history of the successive people who have lived at Uppark, drawing on letters and documents preserved in the house itself. Particularly illuminating is a series of letters from Repton, and there are glimpses of two other notable characters, Emma Hamilton, who for one short period in her life was Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh’s mistress, and H. G. Wells, whose mother was housekeeper at Uppark.
Many visitors each summer, enjoying the house and the succinct guide published by the National Trust, in whose care Uppark now is, have wished to know more about those whose possessions and treasures have delighted them. In this book, that wish is fulfilled: furthermore, it includes some of the best of the pictures and other objects which help to give Uppark such peculiar charm.”