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In light of the recent repeat post about the privileges of the peerage, I thought we might as well take a look at the way these privileged persons lived. From time to time I post information about palaces and mansions and such, mainly from Ackermann's Repository. But numerous series of volumes were published in the 19th century illustrating and describing Great Britain's great houses. Morris's County Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland offers color plates. In looking through it, I was struck with the number of houses that have managed to survive, some in deplorable condition, and some, like Wimpole Hall, continuing to thrive.
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