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Beckford Birthday Lecture: ‘Fonthill Recovered’

  • Beckford's Tower Lansdown BathBA1 9BH United Kingdom (map)

Presented by historians Caroline Dakers and Neil Burton.

Fonthill in Wiltshire is most associated with William Beckford’s Gothic fantasy Fonthill Abbey, which collapsed in 1825 and is seen by many as a symbol of overarching ambition and folly. However, the Abbey was only one of a number of important houses built on the estate from the sixteenth century, and this talk will draw on histories of art and architecture, politics and economics to tell the story of the now forgotten houses and their owners which enrich the fascinating history of this Wiltshire estate.

Caroline Dakers is Professor of Cultural History at Central Saint Martins, whose interests include nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British cultural history. She has also curated a number of exhibitions at Leighton House Museum.

Neil Burton is currently director of the Architectural History Practice.  He was previously an historian with the GLC Historic Buildings Division, an inspector of Historic Buildings with English Heritage and Secretary of the Georgian Group.  His books include life in the Georgian city (with Dan Cruickshank) and Behind the Façade: The London Town House Plan 1600-1840 (with Peter Guillery).

Monday, 1st October, 6:30-7:30pm at Beckford’s Tower.
£10 adults, £7 concessions

All proceeds in aid of building repairs at Beckford’s Tower.