The Gentry is a history of England told through its families. This website contains family trees, a few maps and many images illustrating some of the background to the twelve families who carry the story of England in the book.

Read a sample chapter about Sir John Oglander, the 17th-century squire of Nunwell in the Isle of Wight, his life and family, his dreams and ambitions and the tragedies that struck him....

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Robert de Plumpton Hunter
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Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Date : Thu January 12, 2012, 16:05:44
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

Hi Adam,
First of all many congratulations on the book, which I have greatly enjoyed.
I would like to plug Plumpton Rocks, Yorkshire, if I may?
My Father, who was a descendent of the Rev Henry Plumpton who should have inherited Plumpton in 1745 under the entail (but there was a private Act of Parliament to break it) and hence the estate was sold to the Lascelles family, managed to buy back the old deer park and fish ponds which were transformed into a landscape garden in the 1750s and is called Plumpton Rocks. This Grade 2* landscape is open to the public March to October, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 11am to 6pm and is well worth a visit!

Robert
Kate Macdonald
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Location: Brussels
Date : Thu January 05, 2012, 12:35:25
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

I'm going to podcast about The Gentry, as I did for Sea-Room, and also to blog about it for Vulpes Libris. Would you be happy to be 'interviewed' via a series of emailed questions for thee blog version?
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Location: New Plymouth, NZ
Date : Thu December 29, 2011, 20:53:46
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Thanks Adam,
I am planning on writing an article about how us OLD surveyors drew plans. I would like to include the estate plan from Sissinghurst but in my copy, at least (paperback) it is not possible to copy it because it is in the middle of the book and between pages. Is it possible to get access to a full copy as a computer file please? I will give appropriate recognition of course. It grieves me that all those lovely old coloured plans are now a thing of the past and at least here in NZ are no longer accessible to the public.They might as well have been destroyed. Today's surveyors have no idea of what went into their production.
I thank you.
Paul
Adam Nicolson
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Date : Thu December 29, 2011, 11:57:58
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Please ask away Paul. No equivalent site for Sissinghurst unfortunately.
Paul A Catchpole
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Location: New Plymouth, New Zealand
Date : Thu December 29, 2011, 03:58:25
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This looks to be an interesting book which I will follow up on. I am currently reading, with much interest, Sissinghurst. Is there to be similar site for it, as I have a question ?
Adam Nicolson
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Date : Tue December 13, 2011, 15:46:00
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Thanks so much Nick. I am glad you love the League of Gentlemen as much as I do. And a great tip about the Oxinden Shaw tower. Maybe you have got some more marvellous photos of Oxinden country I could put up on the website? Tell me about Perching Hill in 2012. In the meantime all best and happy Christmas to you! AN
N. Newell
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Location: Cranbrook
Date : Tue December 13, 2011, 14:24:02
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

Fascinating stuff throughout : usual engaging and seamless AN blend of archive and reportage. And particularly liked the wisteria moustache at Wenderton.

Walk quite a bit in that area. There are elms at Garrington. Is Prude a pious Puritan name? Guess not as weren't they generally Christian rather than surnames? Have you been up the water-tower in Oxenden (oh all right Oxinden) Shaw that Jocelyn Brooke calls a "folded-up viaduct"? I have (unfortunately only spotting fallen warning notice about radiation from phone mast after descending).

Was also delighted by appearance of the League of Gentlemen, a favourite film (rousing music by Philip Green, lorry bearing legend 'Co-operative Removals, Ltd.' etc. etc.). Can lend you video if you like.

Will repester in 2012 re Ian Davison business. Meanwhile Happy Christmas to you, Sarah and all at PH incl. dogs. P.S. Expect you know there's a Perching Hill (plus vanished mediaeval village) on the South Downs...
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