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Belton House
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Restoration style, also known as Carolean style from the name Carolus (Latin for Charles), refers to the the style of architecture that became popular in England from the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 under Charles II (1660–1685) until the late 1680s. It was strongly influenced by the Baroque style then popular in Continental Europe.[1]

Typical Restoration-style buildings were highly symmetrical,[1] and often included cupolas such as at Belton HouseGrade I listed building in Belton, Lincolnshire, built between 1685 and 1687, seat of the Brownlow family., built between 1685 and 1687.[2] The architectural historian Nigel Nicolson considers Belton to be “a summing-up of all that is best in the only truly vernacular [architectural] style in England since the late Tudors”, the Carolean style.[3]



Curl, James Stevens, and Susan Wilson. “Restoration.” The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture, Online, Oxford University Press, 2021,
Jenkins, Simon. “English Baroque Architecture: Seventy Years of Excess.” The Guardian, 10 Sept. 2011,
Nicolson, Nigel. Great Houses of Britain. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1969.