"dating, in their gingerbread antiquity, from a romantic revival that was already a respectable past"


Christopher Wren's Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire
GNU Free Documentation LicenseChristopher Wren's Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire - Credit: Magnus Manske


Though we don't know exactly when Bly was built, both the 17th and 18th century saw a revival of the Classical modes of architecture favoured by the Greeks and Romans of antiquity. The former saw the advent of Jacobean architecture, which combined the formality of classical modes with the fanciful ornamentation of the Elizabethan era. This was succeeded by the English Baroque style, a heavily-embellished version of classicism associated primarily with Christopher Wren. From 1720 to 1840, Georgian architects increasingly rejected the scrolls, lozenges and other fussy adornments in favour of greater simplicity and purity. Figures such as Robert Adam, James Wyatt and John Wood drew heavily upon the Greek style, the Roman being increasingly seen as a degenerate form. During the 19th century, though classicism continued to be important, the new materials and methods of the Industrial Revolution meant that architecture, for the first time in centuries, once more embraced new innovations rather than relying on the models of the past.