Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.
Police Sergeant Rosanna Brown • Rosanna is an officer in the Metropolitan Police Service Mounted Branch, who was on duty during the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Her Majesty’s funeral and The King’s coronation. She is the daughter of retired Detective Superintendent Bill Brown and retired nurse Michelle Brown. Rosanna is the fifth-generation police officer in her family.
Horses for courses
Town & Country • Edited by James Fisher
Town & Country Notebook
Letters to the Editor
Give thanks for the harvest
Who polices our curators?
The way we were Photographs from the COUNTRY LIFE archive
My favourite painting Claire German
There is a middle way • Land use doesn’t have to be all or nothing; we need to be more pragmatic and less proscriptive
A princely seat • Arundel Castle, West Sussex, part I The seat of the Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal In the first of two articles, John Goodall looks at the early development of this celebrated castle, the seat of the powerful and wealthy medieval Earls of Arundel
Native breeds Cleveland Bay • ‘The noblest stock of England’s far famed steeds, With lavish care the thriving farmer breeds, By sires for fleetness and courage known, From mares for strength, symmetry and bone’ Maj Scoby’s address to the Ryedale Farmers Club, in about 1925
Conditions of carriage • Horse-drawn carriages might often be portrayed as the most genteel and romantic form of transport, but, in their heyday, they frequently left passengers feeling nauseous and uneasy, says Charles Harris
Of houses and horses • The Defender Burghley Horse Trials is the sporting event of the weekend.Kate Green provides a guide
We’re all winners • Triumph and disappointment are always better shared, as are expenses, and multiple ownership is on the rise in racing. Marcus Armytage examines the pleasures and pitfalls of syndicate-owned racehorses
A stitch in wildflower time • Delicate cuckooflower, bluebells and cow parsley are brought to colourful life through Sarah Becvar’s carefully embroidered creations, discovers Octavia Pollock, as she tries her hand at the textile artist’s intricate work
Take cover • With soil health under threat, it’s time to ditch fertilisers for a gentler system. Cover crops and green manure can help restore Nature, feed insects and birds and add a splash of colour to the countryside, advocates Simon Lester
Right before my berry eyes • Musing over the dog days of summer, John Lewis-Stempel delights in the scarlet haw- and fulsome sloe-laden hedgerows, as he stops to pluck glistening blackberries from brambles and indulges in the sweet burst of the abundant fruit
A few of my favourite things • London born and bred, the former Vogue editor-in-chief of 25 years (1992–2017) worked first on Tatler and The Sunday Telegraph, then joined GQ as editor. Now a freelance writer and commentator, with a weekly column in The Mail on Sunday, her most recent book Clothes… and Other Things That Matter (2021) mixes memoir and social observation. Another book is in the pipeline, as well as a television drama series. The writer lives in London with her boyfriend, David Jenkins, and cat...