During the Agricultural Revolution, the landowners of Britain constructed an ermous range of picturesque or classical buildings on their farms, inspired by Enlightenment ideals. These model farms, a phemenan unique to Britain, are a significant yet largely undiscovered aspect of our heritage. This book is richly illustrated with interior and exterior photographs, most of them specially commissioned, as well as plans, paintings and historic photographs. It examines the architecture and landscape context of the farmsteads themselves and considers the motives of the people who built them, drawing on the first comprehensive national survey of model farms, recently completed by English Heritage.
Susanna Wade Martins is a research fellow at the Centre of East Anglian Studies, University of East Anglia and a past chairman of the Historic Farm Buildings Group. She has published widely on agricultural and estate history with a special emphasis on farm buildings and the landscape.