The latest volume in the Thoroton Society Record Series, Newstead Abbey : a Nottinghamshire Country House: its Owners and Architectural History 1540-1931, by Rosalys Coope & Pete Smith, is unusual for a Record Series volume in that it is devoted to a single topic - the architectural history of Newstead Abbey over 800 years. However, it does include full transcripts of the extensive household inventories of fittings and furnishings of 1740 and 1778.

It gathers together in a single chronological narrative a series of articles on different phases of the Abbey’s architectural history written over a period of 35 years by architectural historian Dr Rosalys Coope and published in the Transactions of the Thoroton Society.  The opportunity has also been taken by Dr Coope - assisted by retired English Heritage officer Pete Smith - to revise and extend some of the original conclusions in the light of new research, particularly the evidence offered by newly identified drawings, paintings, and engravings (some even painted on Sevres dinner plates).

Andy Nicholson (January 2016)

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