Ramsay "Gordon" Nares (1926-1957)


The youngest son of Ramsay "Llewelyn" Nares, he was born on 1st Sept 1926 in Kensington.  He was educated at Marlborough and went on to King's College, Cambridge, where he studied Architecture.  He took his BA in 1947 and was articled to a firm of Architects in Banbury, intending to make architecture his profession.  While working there, a paper he wrote on the neighbouring village of Adderbury was accepted by Country Life and in 1949, when a post became vacant on the journal's staff,  he was offered the job.  He quickly established a reputation among his colleagues and readers for the quality of his work.  Country Life published several works by him.  His guide to "Country Houses open to the public" in 1951, his book "Royal Homes" in 1953 and a book on Lutyens which he co-edited with Christopher Hussey.  His readers were shocked by his sudden death in 1957, as is clear in the following obituary from the magazine.

"We deeply regret to record the death of Mr. Gordon Nares, whose articles on country houses and other architectural subjects had become increasingly familiar to our readers in recent years.  He was only 31, so that his career was necessarily richer in promise than in fulfillment, but he had already shown a rare aptitude for the work to which he had dedicated his short life.  Even in his early twenties, when he joined Country Life after reading architecture at Cambridge, his judgment seemed as calm and mature as that of men twice his age, and it was illuminated by wide reading and a retentive memory.  Although a specialist, he adapted himself to journalism with ease and assurance, and his capacity grew with his responsibilities.  But valuable as these gifts were, it was his personal qualities that will perhaps be remembered by his colleagues and friends - his unfailing courtesy, his modesty, his quiet but cheerful mind and generous spirit.  As we cover his face we think of him with affection, and cherish his example".

He married Nathalie Jean McCance in 1950, and had three children, Oliver b.1952, James b.1953 and Gina b.1955.