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Strawberry Hill and Horace Walpole

Essential Guide

John Iddon

ISBN: 978 1 85759 657 1
Size: 210 x 220 mm / 8.7 x 8.3 in.
Binding: softcover
Pages: 48
Images: 80

UK £6.95 / US $9.95


  • Highlights the acclaimed architecture and interior décor of a unique 18th-century home
  • A wonderful addition to Scala's series on key heritage sites, which includes Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths, Leeds Castle and The Palace and Gardens of Monserrate


‘My buildings are paper, like my writings, and both will blow away in ten years after I am dead.’ Horace Walpole died in 1790 yet remarkably Strawberry Hill is still standing over 200 years later. During the latter part of the 18th century, Horace Walpole, son of England’s first Prime Minister, transformed a modest house into his own ‘little Gothic castle,’ creating a tourist attraction, which was as popular in his day as it is in ours. Walpole was a compulsive collector and filled the house with a pioneering collection of antiques and curios. The house and gardens have recently undergone a multimillion-pound restoration project to return Walpole’s Gothic vision to its original splendour.


John Iddon worked for several years at St Mary's University College where, amongst other things, he trained the Strawberry Hill guides, wrote the first guidebook and ran an MA in Interpreting Heritage Sites. He now lectures, writes and deals in art.


"John Iddon has written a guide which perfectly complements [Stephen] Clarke's elegant revival of the printing house."
the book collector

"Mr Iddon leads us on a tour of history, and then guides us through room by revamped room - pointing to the gilding and vaulting and the precious survivals of stained glass culled from sundry religious sites and adding to these wholly secular interiors."
edp saturday magazine