Co-written with Brian Earnshaw
Park gate lodges have always announced to the passer-by the presence of a country house and the taste of its owner. Today they are often its sole survivor, since the accommodation they provided for the gate keeper and is family is more suited to modern needs than the rambling rooms of the main house.
This pioneering study offers the reader a much needed introduction to an extraordinary art form. Far from reflecting their humble function, lodges were the earliest small houses to be architect designed and appeared in a variety of guises from Classical temple to Gothic summerhouse, Palladian pavilion tp medieval castle in miniature. Great architects such as Kent, Adam, Pugin and Lutyens responded superbly to the challenge of creating grandeur on a small scale, and patrons combined necessity with pleasure to make their servants' dwellings express the very latest artistic ideas to the outside world.
Not only does this book lucidly describe the origins and development of the lodge alongside the other Arts and in the context of social change, it also draws attention to vital links in the study of interacting architectural movements, such as Classical and Gothick at the turn of the eighteenth century. The enthusiasm is infectious, stimulating the reader to discover little-known lodges, and to bring back from neglect more of the 'great houses in miniature'.