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Parham House


Content generated during research for the paperback book 'Parham: An Elizabethan House and its Restoration' (ISBN 978-1-86077-485-0) for the England's Past for Everyone series

Major events in the life of a country house often leave little trace upon the building.

Structural features of gardens, such as buildings and walls, can be permanent and outlive plant life.  A detailed history of these gardens is prese

The desire to introduce fashionable features, such as a top-floor long gallery, into country houses demanded new solutions to make them possible.

Women have featured strongly in the succession of owners at Parham although, until the Married Woman's Property Act of 1882, a woman's property pas

The very best oak building timber at the end of the 16th century came from woods which were specifically managed to produce tall, straight trees fo

The Second World War had a great impact on the restoration of the country house.  A hiatus in the works planned by the Pearsons, combined with the

The Pearsons came to Parham in 1922 neither as members of a nouveau riche ‘smart set’ nor from the old landed aristocracy.

This section contains photographs of specialist research at Parham House.

The Palmers used several types of stone at Parham. A local sandstone called Amberley Blue was the main choice for the external walls.

Much of our knowledge about Elizabethan Parham comes from the work which the Pearsons and their architect Victor Heal carried out on the house from