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Troy House

A Tudor Estate Across Time

Perched on a hill overlooking the River Trothy in Monmouthshire, Troy House was built in the late seventeenth century as a wedding present for Charles Somerset by his father, Henry Somerset, first Duke of Beaufort. A magnificent house with a neoclassical façade and three striking Jacobean painted ceilings, Troy House remained in the Somerset family until the end of the nineteenth century, when it was auctioned off and eventually turned into a convent school.
This richly illustrated book tells the story of the house, its owners, and its architecture, showing how the house and the landscape around it were transformed by the house’s owners over the centuries to suit fashion and reflect their influential positions at court.

256 pages | 77 color plates, 35 halftones, 10 maps | 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2017

History: British and Irish History

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
1. Troy House Estate: an Enigma
2. A History of the Estate’s Ownership: Identifying the Key Periods of Estate Development
3. Troy House: a Building History
4. Troy House Gardens: Location and Nature Across Time
5. The Walled Garden West of Troy House
6. Key Built Features of the Estate’s Fieldscape
7. Troy House Estate: its Historical Significance
Appendix 1 Troy’s History: the Existing Literature, 2015
Appendix 2 The Somerset Family Tree
Select Bibliography

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