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Country Houses Shropshire - book launch

“The Country Houses Shropshire” is the culmination of 25 years research and knowledge by author Gareth Williams. Gareth was first captivated by the work of one of Shropshire’s most prolific country house architects, Edward Haycock, on whom he based his thesis as part of his studies to achieve a BA and MA.

Speaking at a gathering of 200 at Onslow Hall recently, Gareth explained: “My publisher, Boydell and Brewer took the book on two years ago, but they were nervous about the viability of the project since the book was so large and contained so many illustrations. At that point Balfours stepped in, and I couldn’t have wished for a better sponsor. I am indebted to the partners, not only for the financial backing, but also since no one in the county knows and understands country houses better than Balfours.”

Guests included some of the owners of the 265 country houses featured in the book. Balfours business manager, Craig Varley commented: “Gareth’s commitment to the integrity and quality can be seen across every page. This is not only a very beautiful book, but also a definitive reference to the history of houses and families in Shropshire, which will be appreciated for decades to come.” The book can be purchased through all good book sellers, including Millard & Lancaster, St Mary’s Street, Shrewsbury.

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