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Lister’s Portrait And The Tragedy Of Burwell Park

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Author contacted one of the major auction houses were the portrait of Lister had been sold in 1990s. The photograph in the auctioneers' catalog was black-and-white and they mailed a high-resolution scan to author. But the existence of only one portrait nagged the author. In a work by architectural historian John Harris called No Voice from the Hall: Early Memories of a Country House Snooper, Harris described being one of the last people to see the Listers's manor house, Burwell Park. Harris photographed Burwell Park and noted "in several rooms" were "family portraits hanging on the walls, covered in cobwebs". The East Lindsey District Council had given Listed Building consent for demolition and Burwell Park was demolished and set on fire. No one knows what happened to the portraits, author has a feeling they also were used as kindling. That is why there is only one portrait of Martin Lister.

Keywords: Burwell Park; demolition; East Lindsey District Council; historian; John Harris; Martin Lister; portrait



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