I had a busy weekend, but did manage to stop by Book Thing to drop off a big bag of books. The decorating section was filled to the brim with old copies of Architectural Digest, dating back a dozen or more years.
I headed around to the travel section, looking in vain for some small volume on Wales. But among the decade-old copies of Lonely Planet, I found James Lees-Milne's National Trust Guide book, Buildings. At the point that this book was written in 1948, the National Trust had only acquired 100 buildings, compared to 300+ today. Interestingly enough, there were only three listed buildings in London, including No. 3 Cheyne Walk in one of my favourite sections of that city.
The foreward to the book is written by Lord Esher, and the illustrations are by S.R. Badmin. There are little notes for each of the houses, including opening times and admissions listed in shillings and pence. One house mentions that "the key may be obtained next door from Miss J. Jupe".
Mr. Lees-Milne is the husband of Avilde Lees-Milne, who wrote The Englishwoman's House, which I wrote about here. I am looking forward to reading this book and comparing the 1940's era line drawings and notes to current day websites.