Frances Stackhouse Acton, always known as Fanny, deserves to be better known in her native counties of Herefordshire and Shropshire. She was a botanist, gardener, antiquarian and archaeologist as well as author and artist.
The newly discovered albums of her paintings and drawings have presented an opportunity to bring Fanny's work to a wider audience so that she can be appreciated as someone who made a valuable contribution to the architectural history of Shropshire.
The book includes significant papers by Lucy Acton, Madge Moran, Edward Law and Murray Mylechreest.
The buildings illustrated include Acton Reynald, Acton Scott, Albright Hussey, Alcaston, Aston Eyre Manor Farm, Bragginton Hall, Church Stretton Market Hall, Condover Hall, Downton Hall, Elsich, Harton Manor House and Harton Farm, High Ercall Hall and The Summer House, Eyton on Severn, Kilhendre, Langley Hall Gatehouse, Larden Hall, Lilleshall Lodge, Loton Park, Ludstone Hall, Millichope Park, Minsterley Hall, Moreton Corbet Castle, Munslow - Aston Hall and The Old School House, Oteley, Park Hall, Pimley Manor, Pitchford, Plaish Hall, Rowley, Rushbury Manor and Church Farm, Shifnal Manor, Shipton Hall, Soulton Hall, Stanwardine Hall, Thonglands, Upper Millichope Farmhouse, Upton Cressett Hall, Whitehall, Whitton Court, Wilderhope, Wolverton and Wootton.
"The originals of these watercolours ... have been beautifully reproduced here, often alongside photographs of the houses today, together with their fascinating histories." Country Life, 16 March 2006
"In their book, ..., husband and wife team Julia Ionides and Peter Howell have taken great pains to present Fanny's paintings in an attractive manner. Most of them merit a full page - page size is around 10.5ins by 8.25ins.
Shropshire Star, March 29, 2006