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The House of Byron: Newstead Abbey’s Dysfunctional Dynasty
"Newstead! What saddening scene of change is thine,
Thy yawning arch betokens sure decay;
The last and youngest of a noble line
Now holds thy mouldering turrets in his sway"
(Elegy on Newstead Abbey, Lord Byron)

This year’s Paul Mellon Lecture “The House of Byron: Newstead’s Dysfunctional Dynasty” will explore Newstead Abbey, once one of the most admired aristocratic houses in England at the beginning of the 18th century. The ancestral seat of the Byron family - following the dissolution of the monasteries - would eventually be inherited by Lord Byron, romantic poet, and no stranger to a scandal.

The event will focus on Byron’s relationship with Newstead, the chain of events that resulted in its decline, and its 21st century revival following inclusion on the World Monuments Watch in 2012. World Monuments Fund Britain, will be joined by rising star author and historian Emily Brand, as she discusses her book The Fall of the House of Byron and reveals the fascinating history behind Newstead Abbey. The event will be hosted by WMFB Executive Director, John Darlington, and will also feature an overview of the West Front restoration, carried out by Purcell Architects.

“Compellingly plotted…shines with a dark, romantic glamour.” – The Sunday Times

“Thoroughly researched and juicily readable.” – Daily Telegraph

Dec 9, 2020 06:00 PM in London

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