The Forgotten Country House
The Rise and Fall of Roundway Park
This fine Palladian house known as New Park, near Devizes, Wiltshire, was built between 1777 and 1783 and became part of the golden age of the Georgian country house. Its owner, James Sutton, was one of a new breed of landowners, benefitting from the proceeds of the boom in late eighteenth century trade and from local political influence.
Reviews for The Forgotten Country House
This handsomely produced volume recounts the history of Roundway Park in Wiltshire, a now mostly demolished Georgian mansion… Part house, part family history, the final decades at Roundway are tinged with sadness… [The] book is a fitting tribute to the house and estate that it commemorates.
You can read this book like a novel, from cover to cover, or dip into it like a coffee table book, drawn in by its mix of beautiful illustrations and photographs… The Forgotten Country House is a delight. As the book jacket says, it is ‘part family history, part love letter to the English country house.’ It succeeds brilliantly at both.
David Ross, Britain Express
This book is a comprehensive record of a notable country house in Wiltshire. Many long lost photographs and personal family details have been documented under one cover by Simon Baynes and his late father to create this excellent publication.
John Girvan, leading Devizes historian, author and historical tour guide
The Forgotten Country House is a fascinating history of a colourful family and a remarkable building told with passion and authority.
Simon Thurley, architectural historian, former Chief Executive of English Heritage and Director of the Museum of London
Histories of lost country houses involve sophisticated detective work. Simon Baynes’ new book is impressive for its wide ranging research and his absorbing text illustrates just how many stories these houses have to tell.
Marcus Binney, President of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, author and architectural correspondent of The Times