Matthew Beckett is an architectural historian specialising in UK country houses who writes at “The Country Seat” (, a blog focusing on sharing a broader and deeper context to the stately home. In addition to the blog, Matthew's primary research has been on lost English country houses ( In 2017, he was awarded an MA (Distinction) in The English Country House 1485-1945 by the University of Buckingham for his dissertation 'The Seat of A Gentleman - the Evolving Professionalisation of the Sale of English Country Houses 1700-1960'.