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The Red House at Bexleyheath

21 pics. The Red House is in a continuous state of renovation and hence a little sparse inside.  Nevertheless, it is intriguing, full of history and surrounded by gardens that are both beautiful and tranquil.  The house was designed by Phillip Web for his friend William Morris.  Both were very creative and have a long history of respect from their peers.  There is a lot more of the history at the end of this post and here is the website ⇒ with entry fees.

Nearby is the sumptuous Danson House ⇐ and it is not very far to the more ancient Hall Place ⇐.

In Walthamstow (North London) there is the free William Morris Gallery ⇐ which is well worth a look.

Meanwhile :-

The Red House Croquet Lawn with the equipment for those who know how to play.






The murals are perhaps not as vibrant as they appear here, but this is what the camera saw and hasn’t been enhanced.  I think it is perhaps because of the quite extraordinary light from the windows.









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Hollyhocks

Of course the last say ⇐ must be given to the flowers who reliably appear year after year.


Ightham Mote Interiors

Well hello and welcome to Ightham Mote, a pleasant idyll in Kent.  The interiors are presented as a walk through time including an extraordinary painting.  Views of the exterior and beautiful gardens and more information about this medieval manor house can be found here  ⇐.   But first, a little walk through time (although not necessarily in the right order 🙂 )  ~










The above is a corner of the Billiard Room situated across the main courtyard.  Back to the main building :-

A replica of Ellen Terry’s famous beetle-wing costume in which she played Lady Macbeth in 1888/89



Miss Elsie Palmer by John Singer Sargent 1890


Thank you for the visit and if you missed the exterior views then you can find them  here ⇐ .


Ightham Mote

 

Ightham Mote (pron; I tham) is a well preserved medieval manor house that was built in the 14th century and is near to Sevenoaks in Kent. The approach is down into a wooded dell that is not at all dingily. 

Their website ⇒ and the wiki history ⇒.

The manor house contains an interesting museum of artifacts from various eras (here  ⇐ ) and is surrounded by very pleasant gardens and an extensive array of footpaths throughout the surrounding area.  Ightham mote has never been inhabited by very ambitious people or involved in dramatic events.  Its gentle past is perhaps responsible for its very peaceful atmosphere and has made it a pleasure to visit.  🙂






Across the bridge and into the courtyard.



One enters the house under the rose covered arch.  Note the large dog kennel.  There is a picture of its inhabitant later.


Outside is just the beginning of the gardens and rural walks. Turn around and there are the stables.


Inside the stables there are a few pictures including one of the dog who inhabited the courtyard kennel.

There is an extraordinary painting inside the house ⇐ and I hope that you enjoyed your visit.


Waddesdon Manor Interior

Thaïs, companion of Ptolemy, by Joshua Reynolds at Waddesdon Manor

20 pics. Waddesdon Manor is an extraordinary display of the Rothschilds wealth, the skill of the artisans who created it and the dedication of those who restored it.

The beautiful gardens and exterior are here ⇐ and for more information and visiting please see the website ⇒.

The manor is near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.  It was completed in 1898 as a sumptuous weekend residence for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and has passed through four generations of Rothschilds until 1958 when it was bequeathed to the National Trust.







The elephant is more silvery than gold but difficult lighting had an effect.





The Bachelor Apartments are part of the second floor

I don’t think the implements were an encouragement to bachelor mayhem.





So it’s goodnight from him.

And, what-ho from him.

I hope you enjoyed your visit and the beautiful gardens and exterior ⇐.


Waddesdon Manor and Gardens

Waddesdon Manor North Fountain

17 pics. Waddesdon Manor is near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.  The manor was completed in 1898 as a sumptuous weekend residence for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and has passed through four generations of Rothschilds until 1958 when it was bequeathed to the National Trust.

The extraordinary interiors are here ⇐ and for more information and visiting please see the website ⇒.

Above is the North Fountain where the estate shuttle stops.  Turn around and there is the manor house.

Waddesdon Manor House



The sloping balustrades of the turret follow the line of the internal spiral staircase.  For a closer look at an image; right-click on an image, choose “Open Link in New Tab” and then left-click on the opened image to magnify.


A view back along the drive from the south-west corner of the manor house.  The grounds are a little short of flowers at this time of year (early May) but it is a quiet time to  visit. 

The house has an extensive wine cellar that is open to visitors.  The two black towers on the right of the above picture are modern art made of wine bottles.   I suppose the artist had to have something to drink whilst musing on the composition and then found inspiration in the empties 🙂 .

A view of the rear and the parterre garden.

A view of the parterre garden from a rear second story window.

From the south-west corner of the house there is path that leads to the aviary.

Rothschilds’ Mynah Bird – A critically endangered species from NW Bali.

I’m not always comfortable about caging animals but these are well kept and have an easy and extended life.  Many of the birds are rare and colorful.  Unfortunately most of the them were playing find the composer, otherwise known as Haydn Seek.

The grounds are extensive and a great place for a picnic.



The rose garden was not quite in bloom (early May).


So it’s goodbye from me.

And, it’s goodbye from ‘im.  Biscuit, what biscuit ?.  It twasn’t me guv.

I hope you enjoyed your visit and enjoy the remarkable interiors ⇐.


Nunhead Cemetery

Nunhead is one of the “magnificent seven” privately owned cemeteries built during the 1800’s to accomodate the needs of a rapidly expanding London.  The others are Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park ⇒, Kensal Green, West Norwood,  Highgate, Abney Park and Brompton Cemetery.

Nunhead Cemetery is on quite a steep hill so there are bus route directions ⇒ to the top of the hill and include some other venues in the region.

To view the cemetery map, please click on and then again to magnify.

There are various routes with lots of ivy covered ancient gravestones but it was a sunny day so I kept to the cheerful.


Inside the old chapel there is some art work both modern and ancient.  There are occasional exhibitions and tours.  Please see the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery ⇒.






At the lower end exit/entrance of the cemetery turn left and then past the Waverly Arms are the bus stops.  It is not far to One Tree Hill, the Oak of Honor and St Augustine’s ⇐, but it is up a steep hill so please see the directions ⇐ for a bus route.  The same link shows a route to Peckham Rye Park.


Peckham Rye Park and Flowers

From stop V across the road from Peckham Rye rail station the numbers 63 and 363 buses travel south along the west side of Peckham Rye Park.  About half way along the park’s length is the easiest way to it’s centre where all the trees are.  The Café on The Rye is to the left by the car park, whilst straight on is :-

Peckham Rye Park Japanese Gardens




and :-

Sexby Gardens


If this is early April then summer must be amazing






and :-

Peckham Rye Park Lake

The lake is at the east side of the park and is a short distance to Nunhead Cemetery ⇒, but it is uphill so please see the directions ⇐ for a bus route.


St Augustine’s, One Tree Hill and the Oak of Honor

One Tree Hill is named after the Oak of Honor ⇒ and is a small nature reserve with St Augustine’s Church, the oak and a fine view across London.

The easiest way to get to One Tree hill and St Augustine’s is by the P12 bus from Honor Oak Park rail station to the top of the hill by road.  There is a path on the opposite side of the road which passes the Maha Lakshmi Vidya Bhavan.

There is an alternative route via Peckham Rye Park and Nunhead Cemtery here ⇐.

The path leads first to :-

 

 St Augustine’s Church

The church was built between 1870 and 1900 and has some fine architecture and stained glass.  It is open in the afternoon during the summer months and is always open on a Saturday morning.  More ⇒.  Please check the website for services and events before you visit.


St Augustine ⇒ (354 AD to 430 AD) was an early Christian theologian and philosopher.




These walls aren’t really speckled.  The effect is the consequence of an unusual mix of ambient light and a high ISO camera setting necessary for the dark alcove without flash.  I thought it was a pleasing effect so I left it in.





One Tree Hill

On retracing one’s footsteps there is a set of steps leading to the top of the hill and the Oak of Honor. 

If you think I’m climbing up there just to get a few photographs, then you must be ~

what ! no, stop that, get off.

Pesky elves. I wish they wouldn’t do that.

Oh well, since I’m here.


The Oak of Honor

This Oak of Honor ⇒ was planted in 1905 and is the third on that site.  The original oak marked the southern boundary of a region known as the Norman Honor of Gloucester ⇒ which began its existence in 1166.

Legend has it that Queen Elizabeth I took rest under an oak on the hill when she went a-maying in 1602.  Alternatively she had a picnic with Sir Richard Bulkeley on 1st of May. A-maying could have a variety of meanings including being quite frolicsome. 🙂

As an aside: The spelling of Honor, rather than the usual English spelling of Honour, derives from the antiquity of the place.  Early English favored “or” rather than “our” for many words.  These earlier spelling were transported to the Americas and remain in use.  England seems to have developed and favoured the alternatives due to a continued influx of languages.

Near to the oak is a fine view across London from One Tree Hill’s southern position.


The oak and view are at position 1 on the map.  To enlarge the map please click on and then gain to magnify.

The park proceeds down the far side of the hill to Brenchley Gardens where one can board the P12 bus again.  The bus can be used to go back to Honor Oak Park rail station (traveling West and then back up the hill) or the other way to Nunhead Cemetery or Peckham Rye Park (later posts).

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed the tour.


The Queen’s House Interior at Greenwich

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The Great Hall Floor

14 pictures. The house has been refurbished and is free to visit.  It can be found adjacent to the National Maritime Museum⇐ in Wonderful Greenwich ⇐.  Check the Queen’s House opening times ⇒.  Non-commercial photography is allowed now (since early 2016). .

The house, formerly known as Queen Anne’s house, was built between 1616 and 1635 for Queen Anne (of Denmark) wife of James I of England.  Unfortunately Queen Anne died in 1619 and the house lay abandoned until work restarted in 1629 for Charles I’s consort, Henrietta Maria. 

The Queens House is now full of artwork including works by William Hodges, George Stubbs, Hans Holbein, William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, the Tulip Staircase by Inigo Jones and one of the famous Elizabeth I Armada portraits.

The architect was Inigo Jones and the style is said to have influenced the architecture of the USA White House.

The Architecture

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The Great Hall Ceiling

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The Tulip Spiral Staircase by Inigo Jones at the Queen’s House in Greenwich

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The Artwork

This is just a small sample.

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One of the three famous Elizabeth I Armada portraits that still exist.  This one cost £1.5 million.  There is another at Woburn Abbey and another at the National Portrait Gallery ⇐  (although I did not include the Armada Portrait) .

The Armada Portraits depict the destruction of the Spanish Armada whilst attempting to invade England.  The armada was destroyed mostly by the British weather.  Like many portraits of Elizabeth there are several symbols included.  For instance the pearls indicate purity, the bow indicates virginity and her right hand over the America’s indicate her advancing dominion and colonisation.

Other portraits of Elizabeth I can be found at Hatfield House ⇐ and show an even more advanced use of symbolism.

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The Thames and Greenwich Hospital by Moonlight by Henry Pether

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Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walt founded the state of Virginia in the Americas (after Elizabeth I the virgin Queen) and brought potatoes and tobacco to Europe.

This is why the Beatles sang in “I’m so Tired”, in reference to tobacco, ” And curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid git”. 

He  secretly married a Gentlewoman of the Queen’s Privy Chamber  (Elizabeth “Bess” Throckmorton) which resulted in he and his wife being imprisoned for several months.  Years later, he was executed for refusing to accept James I as Queen Elizabeth’s successor.  

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A Ships Figurehead

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The Young Queen Victoria

Thanks for your visit and I hope that you found that interesting.

As an added note, the house does have a reputation for being haunted ⇐.  To confess, it was probably me having a sick day.  To be more serious, I found it a very calm place and caused no concern at all.  Even the people, who took the photograph that started the rumour, refused to believe it was ghostly.