This is a lovely set of 9 books - 8 from the National Trust, which describe and illustrate the wonderful homes associated with exceptional people and, in many cases, rare needlework collections. All books are in very good condition and have 50-60 pages. Above is the guide for Oxburgh which now houses needlework by Mary Queen of Scots.
Hardwick Hall probably needs no iontroduction as being the spectacular home built by Bess of Hardwick which also houses work by Mary Queen of Scots and Bess, herself.
Antony has been the home of the Carew family for 6 centuries and is home to some wonderful Elizabethan blackwork domestic items such as pillow beres.
I hope you are watching the fabulous BBC production of Wolf Hall on the TV at the moment - there is filming at Montacute House - which is also home to the Goodhart Samplers
Ightham (pronounced Eye-tam) Mote is the loveliest ancient house and was saved from dilapidation by an American, Charles Henry Robinson, to whom we should all be very grateful.
Dame Dorothy Selby lived there - she died of a needle-prick in 1641. In the church is her famous monument which features carvings of her needle-work.
The Vyne is part of what was once a larger Tudor House and was built by Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain, William 1st Lord Sandys. Wonderful tapestries to see there!
Only 10 miles from the centre of London is one of England's greatest Stuart houses. Ham House was built in 1610 by Sir Thomas Vavasour, Knight Marshal to James I.
But it was a woman, the beautiful, restless, ravenously covetous, Elizabeth Dysart who left the greatest mark on the house with her lavish decorations and furnishings.
Knole was once the home of Queen Elizabeth I's favourite, Lord Leicester. Later the house passed to the Sackvilles, Earls of Dorset and so came to belong to the Bloomsbury writer Vita Sackville-West. A place rich with examples of early decoration and textile hangings. Last, but not least, Sherborne Castle, home to Sir Walter Raleigh and some beautifully embellished Tudor manuscripts and charters.