“Social traditions, Burke pointed out, are forms of knowledge. They contain the residues of many trials and errors, and the inherited solutions to problems that we all encounter… Destroy them heedlessly and you remove the guarantee offered by one generation to the next… In discussing tradition, we are not discussing arbitrary rules and conventions. We are discussing answers that have been discovered to enduring questions.”(Roger Scruton, ‘Conservatism’)


1. Sanctuary of the Public Lares, Pompeii (1st century)

2. Banqueting House, London (17th century)