Read all about it

The Rotunda, with the Temple of Venus in the distance, at Stowe, Buckinghamshire. ©NTPL/Andrew Butler

Our curatorial and publishing teams have been collaborating on a bibliography listing all the books and articles about the properties of the National Trust. This bibliography has just been made available online.

The Oxford Bridge, Stowe. ©NTPL/Jerry Harpur

It currently contains over 4,000 entries – the earliest one is a record of a visit by Queen Elizabeth I to Melford Hall in Suffolk in 1578.

The south front of Stowe House. ©NTPL/Rupert Truman

The property with the most entries is Stowe in Buckinghamshire. This very grand garden full of pavilions and monuments has inspired texts and interpretations almost from its inception.

View across the Octagon Lake towards the Lake Pavilions and the Corinthian Arch. ©NTPL/Rod Edwards

Even in the mid eighteenth century it had its own guidebook explaining the monuments to visitors.

The Gothic Temple seen beyond the Octagon Lake. ©NTPL/Andrew Butler

It also had a ‘visitor centre’, the New Inn, specially built to cope with the growing number of visitors. This is currently being restored so that it can once again function as the start to the visitor route to the gardens (and if you should feel like donating to the New Inn Appeal you can do so here).

The Grecian Valley seen from the Temple of Concord and Victory. ©NTPL/Andrew Butler

We hope that the new bibliography will help to unlock the available knowledge about places like Stowe.

The Palladian Bridge across the Octagon Lake. ©NTPL/Andrew Butler

We aim to update the bibliography every six months, so do let me know if you know of a new – or old – publication about a National Trust property that is not listed yet.

10 Responses to “Read all about it”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Wonderful resource! Thank you all.

  2. S Gordon Says:

    I agree. Very useful. Thanks for making it available.

  3. columnist Says:

    I think if I’d gone to school at Stowe I would have gone to heaven. Such an extraordinary folly, filled with follies. I vow I will go one day to see it all.

  4. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Columnist, perhaps it’s better you didn’t, as you might have become inured to its beauty 🙂

    Barbara and Susan, glad you find it useful/interesting.

  5. Anne Says:

    Really fantastic resource, very useful for us Art History students !

  6. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Anne, excellent to hear that. Do send me a copy, if you use one of these sources in a piece of writing, as it will be interesting to see how people use the bibliography.

  7. Shin Says:

    beautiful pictures. Makes me want to visit Stowe

  8. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Thanks Shin, that’s the best possible reaction 🙂

  9. visitinghousesandgardens Says:

    Emile – your link to the bibliography no longer works – do you have a new link? Thank you

  10. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Sorry about that, and thanks very much for letting me know – now updated. It is encouraging that someone is burrowing back so far among my posts 🙂

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