Useful sources of information

Mary Fielding

In the course of research – particularly our recent research into old Campden House – we have come across many useful and interesting sources of information.  The World Wide Web is a wonderful thing and, used judiciously, has provided us with insight into many aspects of our study.  A selection of these sites and sources is given here.


Cole, Emily V.  (2011)Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.


This thesis explores the state apartment in the Jacobean country house – its status, function, use, planning, decoration and furnishing. It does so against various different backgrounds. Firstly, that of the royal progress, during which Tudor and early Stuart monarchs – in particular, James I – would visit private residences around the country. The nature of such visits are explored, using a large amount of primary evidence and drawing upon a full itinerary of James I’s reign, compiled for the first time as part of this thesis.

…the planning, decoration and furnishing of the country house state apartment is considered. … (and includes) …detailed analysis of 29 sixteenth-century houses (including Thornbury Castle, Theobalds and Hardwick Hall) and 9 houses of the Jacobean period (including Audley End, Hatfield House and Bramshill).

Vernacular Architecture and Landscape History: The Legacy of “The Rebuilding of Rural England” and “The Making of the English Landscape”

Christopher Dyer.  Published in Vernacular Architecture, 37 (2006), pp. 24-32.


W. G. Hoskins, writing in the 1950s, developed the new subject of landscape history, and regarded buildings as an essential part of the historic landscape. Since then there has been some separation between architectural and landscape studies. This article advocates their reconnection, and in particular urges those studying buildings to set their work in a landscape context. A framework is proposed, in which houses are located in plots, settlements, territories and regions.

17th century Window Glass

The Campden House dig revealed hundreds of shards of window glass.  Studying these shards it appears that some are carefully shaped, rather than just broken, leading to the conclusion that they might have been part of complex window designs.   A bit of research on the ‘net found a book by Walter Gidde, published in 1615:  “A booke of sundry draughtes”. Find at

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