England's towns and cities boast some of the finest examples of architecture to be found, with the English town house possessing a diverse and fascinating history. Lavishly illustrated, "The Classic English Town House" takes the reader on a tour of the most impressive residences in the country, from the distinguished squares of London's smartest boroughs to the sweeping crescents of spa towns such as Bath and Royal Leamington, and the imposing Regency terraces of the English south coast. Rachel Stewart's engaging and informative text explores the history and design of these magnificent houses, focusing in particular on their architecture, furnishings, artefacts and gardens. Accompanied throughout by stunning photography, this is a comprehensive and absorbing guide.
Rachel Stewart is Senior Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Reading and is an expert on urban houses and homes in 18th-century Britain. Stephen Whitehorne is one of Britain's foremost landscape, architectural and travel photographers. His work has been widely exhibited in the UK and he has provided the photography for books including Coastal Walks around Britain (New Holland).