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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

English Country Houses

With everyone excited that Downton Abbey is back for another season, there's a lot of interest about English manor houses.  PBS showed a program, Secrets of the Manor House, last Sunday. It was over a thousand years ago that the King began rewarding returning warriors land and a title for their services. The highest of these was the title of Duke. There's more about the order of precedence here.
The manor house employed as many as one hundred servants per family with the Butler and Housekeeper in charge of the lower servants.
There were disadvantages to inheriting property, along with a title, as is portrayed in Downton Abbey. An entail was included in the conveyance of property as far back as the 13th century. The entail prevented property from being sold and required it to be passed on to the oldest son (heir) along with the title (primogeniture).
If you want to read more about these houses, Mark Girouard has a wonderful book called Life in the English Country House.

4 comments:

K9friend said...

I love looking at any sort of old homes. These look lovely!

Pat

Texas Tea Party said...

Just viewed your comment on Angler's Rest and was curious about your blog. The name Cozy in Texas and the photo of the blue bonnets was even better. I reside in Dallas and will place you on my favorites list. I enjoy England and the Texas country side. Happy Tea Party. Pam

Clarissa Draper said...

Sounds like a very interesting read. I do like manor houses and all that it entails. I haven't started watching Downton Abbey yet but it's on my list of to-see.

Melissa said...

I havent read this book yet..
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