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Beckford Birthday Lecture: ‘Fonthill Recovered’
Aug
7
5:00 PM17:00

Beckford Birthday Lecture: ‘Fonthill Recovered’

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.

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