British Stable, The - HB
Until the early years of the twentieth century, horses played an essential role in the agriculture, transport, industry, warfare, and sport of Britain. Their stables served as practical shelters, but they were also more than that...In many cases a handsomely appointed stable was designed as much for the elegant display of horses as for utilitarian purposes. This beautiful book, illustrated with over one hundred specially commissioned photographs, focuses attention for the first time on the history, the variety and the importance of stables in the British Isles.
Leading architectural historian Giles Worsley examines stables from the twelfth century to 1914 and discusses how this specialized building type came to be of importance in British architectural history. Worsley focuses especially on country-house stables - including those at Chatsworth and Kedleston - where the finest examples of stable design are found...
Nearly every British architect of note took a turn at designing stables, whether for royalty, nobility, the great brewing companies or the military, and the stable became the physical expression of the importance of the horse in British culture.