henbury: an extraordinary house
© Pimpernel Press Limited 2019
Text © Jeremy Musson 2019 Illustrations © as listed on page 240
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Printed and bound in China by C&C Offset Printing Company Limited a note on names
The creator of Henbury Hall shares his name with his grandfather, the inventor Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti. In these pages,
in order to distinguish between the two, I have called the inventor Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti, or Ziani de Ferranti, and his grandson,
builder of Henbury, Sebastian de Ferranti, or Sebastian.
Jeremy Mus son endpapers Neil Gower’s plan of the Hall, gardens and grounds at Henbury, drawn in 2019. page one Sebastian de Ferranti’s personal bookplate, drawn by Graham Rust, incorporating an Arcadian landscape, his helicopter,
and (bottom right) the plumed helmet from his period as a cavalry offi cer.
frontispiece Henbury Hall from the west: a classical building in a classical landscape.