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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.


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.


Dulwich Picture Gallery and Park

Saints Amandus and Walburga; Saints Catherine of Alexendria and Eligius by Peter Paul Rubens at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Saints Amandus and Walburga; Saints Catherine of Alexendria and Eligius by Peter Paul Rubens

The Dulwich Picture Gallery is not very large but does contain works of significance with occasional exhibitions and events.  Ticket prices and more information can be found here⇒.

The photographs here have been a little enhanced to compensate for low lighting and the age of the paintings, nevertheless they are realistic and show why, in their time, they were so well thought of.

Girl at Window by Rembrandt van Rijn at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Girl at Window by Rembrandt van Rijn

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Vase with Flowers by Jan van Huysum at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Vase with Flowers by Jan van Huysum

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Still Life by Jan Van Huysum at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Still Life by Jan Van Huysum

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The Bucentaur at Molo on Ascension by Canaletto at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Bucentaur at Molo on Ascension by Canaletto

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The Penitent Magdalen by Cignani at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Penitent Magdalen by Cignani

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The Flower Girl by Bartolome Esteban Murillo at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Flower Girl by Bartolome Esteban Murillo

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The Dulwich Picture Gallery

Whilst one can always admire the patient efforts of an artist, ever changing nature provides its own special fascination.  Across the road from the gallery is Dulwich Park.

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The park has a number of facilities including a pleasant café and hire boats on the small lake at weekends and holidays.  More information⇒

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Crystal Palace Park and Dinosaurs

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While strolling through the park one day, in the merry merry month of May (at the southern end),
I was taken by surprise, by a pair of roguish eyes,
I was scared but I didn’t run away,

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Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs

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 :-).

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“Me too”.

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El Magnifico.

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El Sticko. 

“I keep throwing the stick but El Thicko keeps bringing it back.  I hope it doesn’t start a trend”.

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“Did somebody say stick”.

Crystal Palace Park Moose

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Crystal Palace Park Squirrel

“My tongue’s thwollen”.  More squirrels here⇐.

Crystal Palace Park Coot Chicks

Coot Chicks more here ⇐.

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This is all at the southern end of Crystal Palace Park.

Crystal Palace Park Heron

Heironymous.

Crystal Palace Park Heron and Fish

“Bosch, got it”.

“Come here, me little Jacky, now aw’ve smoked mi backy
Have a bit o’ cracky, till the boat comes in

Dance ti’ th’ daddy, sing ti’ th’ mammy, dance ti’ th’ daddy, my little man

You shall have a fishy on a little dishy
You shall have a fishy when the boat gets in.”

Crystal Palace Park Guy the Gorrilla

Near the café at the southern (lowest) end of the park.

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This is from the northern (highest) end of the park.

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Crystal Palace Park Terrace

The upper terraces were once the site of the Crystal Palace.  Crystal (Glass) Palace was originally sited in Hyde Park and housed the Great Exhibition⇒ from 1851 to 1854 then the whole thing was moved to Penge and the Park created.  The structure was burned down in 1936 but the park remains and, once a year, is used for a race of classic/vintage cars⇐.

Crystal Palace Park Sphinx

On the upper terraces can be found four of these (two at each end).  Currently being refurbished they are actually caged to prevent further attacks upon tourists.  😀

If visiting the park it makes more sense to start at the northern (high) end at or the mid area (right next to Crystal Palace station), walk down hill (for the dinosaurs and ponds) and then escape by using Penge West rail station. And, I hope you enjoy your days out.
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Crystal Palace Motorsport Motorcycles 2016

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16 pictures.  Determination and enthusiasm.  What more do you need ?  

There are some of the classic cars here⇐ and more of them racing here⇐.  In the meantime, wouldn’t taxis be more fun like this ⇓ ?.

Crystal Palace Motorsport Motorcycles Norton with Racing Sidecar

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Crystal Palace Motorsport Motorcycles BSA Rocket 3

BSA Rocket 3

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Crystal Palace Motorsport Motorcycles Harley Davidson

Harley Davidson

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Crystal Palace Motorsport Motorcycles Triumph Bonneville

Triumph Bonneville

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Crystal Palace Motorsport Motorcycles Triumph Speed Triple

Triumph Speed Triple

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Crystal Palace Motorsport Motorcycles Triumph StreetTwin

Triumph StreetTwin

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Crystal Palace Motorsport Motorcycles Triumph Thruxton

Triumph Thruxton

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Crystal Palace Motorsport Motorcycles Triumph Tiger XR

Triumph Tiger XR

Gnatty.

Crystal Palace Motorsport Motorcycles Triumph Rocket III

Triumph Rocket III

Beasty.  At 2,294 cc what else can you call it ?


Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016

Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars Mygale F200 M12

Mygale F200 M12

20 pictures. A race for classic cars at Crystal Palace Park every year (this year was 29th and 30th May). Here⇐ are some of the classic cars on show, here⇐ are some of the motorcycles and below⇓ are some of the race contenders in action on Sunday 29th May 2016, including some of the vintage entries.

Crystal Palace is one of the oldest racing tracks in the world and the first place from which live televised motor-racing was ever broadcast. The race website ⇒.

Crystal Palace was once the site of the Great Exhibition (1851) and remained standing until 1936 – history ⇒.

A fast shutter speed means that the cars look strangely motionless but in fact were whizzing along. You can add your own racing car sounds for realism. 🙂

Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Statue with Helmet

Except for ‘im ⇑, who was strangely enigmatic.

Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars Wolseley Hornet Special

Wolseley Hornet Special

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Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars Wolseley Hornet

Wolseley Hornet

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Wolseley Hornet

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Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Austin Race Car

Austin

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Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars Ford Lotus Cortina

Ford Lotus Cortina

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Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars Ford Anglia

Ford Anglia

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Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars Lotus Elan+2

Lotus Elan+2

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Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars Jaguar E Type

Jaguar E Type

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Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars MGB GT V8

MGB GT V8

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Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars Caterham 7 Supersprint

Caterham 7 Supersprint

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Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars Radical PR6

Radical PR6

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Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars Ensign LNF3

Ensign LNF3

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Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars Emeryson

Emeryson

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Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars Force PT

Force PT

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Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars Sheane Formula Vee

Sheane Formula Vee

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Crystal Palace Motorsport 2016 Race Cars Emeryson

Emeryson