Longleat, From 1566 to the present time

This little treasure is another charity shop purchase. It tells a short history of Longleat and was first published in 1949 by The Longleat Estate and was obviously available to purchase by visitors to the great house as I came across an old ticket in the book.

What raises this little hardback book from a normal guide are the terrific little illustrations by Leonard Huskinson particularly the cover drawing that is a rather fierce and frightening portrait of the builder of Longleat Sir John Thynne.