The Quick Intro

I am an architectural historian, writer and broadcaster and here you can read about my writing, editing, broadcasting, lectures and talks, study days, and other activities, as well as a blog of my travels. I do hope you find it useful, please feel free to get in touch with any queries.


Look out for…

New book just out on Moggerhanger Park, which I co-edited with Jane Brown; available only from Moggerhanger House, profits go towards restoration, repair and redecoration.

Moggerhanger Park

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book please contact: enquiries@moggerhangerpark.com
Tel: 01767 641 007
Hardback: £25.00
Paperback: £15.00
(plus P&P £6.00)
ISBN 978-0-9563162-5-7


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1. Oliver Messel: in the Theatre of Design

2. Up and Down Stairs: A history of the Country House Servant

3. English Country House Interiors

4. In Pursuit of the Best Gun (1812 – 2012)

5. English Ruins



This year English Country House Interiors was shortlisted for a 2012 Spears Book Award, although the award went to Oliver Messel: In the theatre of design, edited by Thomas Messel, in which I had contributed two chapters.


Forthcoming lectures:

I will be talking to the Friends of Croome Park on February 12 about English Country House Interiors, click here for booking information; and at the University of York on Country Houses in Public Ownership, on February 22; http://www.ychp.org.uk;

I shall be comparing the the Friends of Kettle’s Yard ARTcrowd  20th Century Art Quiz on Tuesday 19th February 2013, 6.30-9.30pm at Cheffins Auctioneers, 1-2 Clifton Road CB1 7EA.  6.30pm doors open for wine reception & Cheffins Sale preview of Specialist books, Maps and Prints. (Feb 21st). 7.30pm quiz starts – test your visual wits with light-hearted questions and visual prompts on: – 20th c. art & architecture, the ‘Cambridge’ round, the mystery ‘boxed’ objects and audio shorts.

Price:  £15. Non-members* £18; Students £10.  RSVP to register a place Rolfe Kentish  rolfe.kentish@longkentish.com 01223 367261
*To join the Friends of Kettle’s Yard – visit http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/supporters/friends/index.php

Recent Articles:

‘The Cotswolds on Horseback’, Country Life, October 10, 2012"On the trail of my heroes: visiting Vanbrugh's King's Weston Near Bristol"

Review of In Search of Rex Whistler in Country Life Life, November 28, 2012

“Room with a cue”, a light-hearted history of the country house billiard room  in the December issue of The Field, 2012

Review of John Martin Robinson, James Wyatt: Architect to King George III, in Historic House magazine, Autumn 2012

“New Orleans: revival post-Katrina” in the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Autumn Issue, 2012, 42-45

Forthcoming: “Jane Austen and Bonomi”, in The Georgian Group Journal, 2013

An archive of my articles can be view here

BBC Radio Tees – Mike Parr

Download Radio Interview (3.7 MB – mp3)

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire – Liz Fraser

Download Radio Interview (5.5 MB – mp3)

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire SPAB week – Great Country Houses

Download Radio Interview (25 MB – mp3)

I hope you’ll enjoy looking around the site and find what you’re looking for. I welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for visiting.