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Speakers' Series: Caroline Stanford, The Landmark Trust

  • 17 Jan 2005
  • 6:30 AM
  • Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, 37 Spital Square, E1 6DY. Nearest tube: Liverpool Street

How the Landmark Trust rescues and restores historic

buildings which are then let for holidays.     


Caroline Stanford, historian for the Landmark Trust, will present an illustrated history of the Landmark Trust through a lively review of projects past and present, many of which she has researched personally.

The Landmark Trust is a building preservation charity, founded in 1965 by Sir John and Lady Smith. It was established to rescue historic and architecturally interesting buildings and their surroundings from neglect and, when restored, to give them new life by letting them for holidays. 


This offers a unique opportunity for people to experience these historic homes by actually living in them for a weekend or a fortnight. Some are for just two people, others are for twelve or more. Some are surrounded by open countryside or a landscape garden; others lie in the heart of an historic city.  There are 178 Landmarks throughout Britain and the Channel Islands, including 23 on Lundy Island, four in Italy and two in the USA. They include forts, manor houses, mills, cottages, castles, gatehouses, follies and towers.


After the talk, we will enjoy some mulled wine and a tour of their most recently renovated house, at Princelet Street in Spitalfields.  This house retains much of its original floor plan and fabric from when the Huguenot silk weavers occupied it and its neighboring houses.  We will be able to view first-hand the dedication to detail and restoration work of the Trust.


The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage.

6:30 cocktails

7pm speaker

8pm tour

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