Souvenir Guide Book

Souvenir Guide Book

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The Highclere Castle Souvenir Guide Book. Your full guide to Highclere Castle, the Gardens and Grounds. With dozens of full colour photographs of the State Rooms, the Bedrooms and the Gardens. The book tells the story of the Highclere Estate from Iron Age times to the present day. Originally owned by the Bishops of Winchester, the site has had occupied dwellings for 1,300 years.

It passed into the Carnarvon family in 1679. A medieval 'Elizabethan Placehouse' gave way to a 'Georgian Mansion' and on to the Victorian 'Highclere Castle', commissioned by the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon from Sir Charles Barry, pre-eminent Victorian architect of his day, who built the Houses of Parliament at the same time as constructing the Castle.

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74pp.

Size: 260mm x 210mm (10.25" x 8.5") approx.
Weight: 0.34kg (0.8lbs).

All the rooms of the Castle which are open to the public are fully described and beautifully illustrated. The book also describes how the Castle was converted to a military hospital during the Great War of 1914-1918 by Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon and how George, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, found the Tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt with his archaeological partner, Howard Carter, in 1922. The cellars of the Castle have been converted into a magnificent Egyptian Exhibition to celebrate what was described, at the time, as the most important archaeological discovery of all time.