John Martin Robinson

Ursula, photographed by Cecil Beaton on the eve of the second world war

From Edwardian idyll to meetings with Nehru: the life of Lady Ursula D’Asbo

5 July 2014 9:00 am

This is the Real Thing, an evocative account of English upper-class life throughout the 20th century. It begins amidst the…

Bodiam Castle, near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, was restored by Lord Curzon,  
who considered it too ‘rare a treasure to be lost to our country or desecrated by irreverent hands’

An enduring romance

23 February 2013 9:00 am

In the Pevsner volume on Sussex, the otherwise sane topographer Ian Nairn, harrumphed of Arundel ‘that anybody, duke or banker,…

Portrait of Sarah Losh by T.H. Carrick, 1873

A Charlotte Brontë of wood and stone

8 September 2012 9:00 am

Sarah Losh is not forgotten (as the subtitle of this book suggests) in her own village of Wreay (pronounced ‘Rear’),…

The new arbiters of taste

23 January 2008 12:00 am

John Martin Robinson on the latest books by James Stourton amd John Harris

No provincial laggard

15 March 2007 8:05 am

Inigo Jones is well-known as the first true English Classical architect, and his stature has been established by a series…

A brace of noble piles

10 December 2005 12:00 am

The great houses of England have been singularly blessed in their owners (with one or two exceptions) during the latter…

From Edgar all the way to Elizabeth

29 October 2005 12:00 am

Once upon a time, the young Roy Strong spent many hours, with the encouragement of Sir Anthony Wagner, researching the…

The inside story

2 April 2005 12:00 am

This posthumous book is the summation of a lifetime’s research into aspects of the 18th-century interior in the British Isles…

Not poor or lowly

8 January 2005 12:00 am

Which is the finest 18th-century building in England? Not a royal palace, not a library, not a cathedral, but a…

The last of a noble line

22 May 2004 12:00 am

The new, 107th edition of Burke’s Peerage comes in three massive volumes. It is likely to be the last in…

The stateliest and the starriest

25 October 2003 12:00 am

This elegant synthesis (you can tell immediately that Simon Jenkins is an Oxford man and not a product of the…