The English Countryside is famous for its undulating meadows and manors. These large mansions or manors in the English countryside are famously known as the ‘English country houses’. The evolution of these country houses have been carried on since 500 hundred years ago. The main feature that constitutes a country house is the absence of any well-defined fortified wall. This absence of fortified walls was conceptualized because of the stability that England experienced during the Tudor Age. The same kind of houses before had essentially fortified walls.
The modern version of the present day ‘English Country houses’ was first designed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and her successor King James I. The classification of the English country houses are based on the situations and circumstances of the design and creation. The basic categories were Power Houses, ‘Minor country houses’ and Victorian Houses. The Power Houses were essentially built to display the range of power that the owner could extend. The Minor Houses essentially belonged to the gentry or squire houses. The Victorian houses were for the newly rich individual who wanted to show-off their wealth.
The English Country Houses saw their decline because of the rise in taxation along with agricultural depression. This agricultural depression was because of the increased rate of industrialization. The final nail was stuck during the First World War since the huge staff required for maintaining such massive buildings needed to leave for fighting. The remaining country houses in the present day have been transformed to be useful for various public purposes.