Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wimpole Hall: a Survivor

Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Loretta reports:

In light of the recent repeat post about the privileges of the peerage, I thought we might as well take a look at the way these privileged persons lived.  From time to time I post information about palaces and mansions and such, mainly from Ackermann's Repository.  But numerous series of volumes were published in the 19th century illustrating and describing Great Britain's great houses.  Morris's County Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland offers color plates.  In looking through it, I was struck with the number of houses that have managed to survive, some in deplorable condition, and some, like Wimpole Hall, continuing to thrive.

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GSGreatEscaper said...

An amazing place is Wimpole - went there in 1986 on a tour of British gardens and glad to hear that it is still thriving!

Heckety said...

I'm reading about the restoration of Heligan Gardens, not quite what you refer to but related. Fascinating. No matter our opinion of privilege the 'Big' houses were responsible for employment, development of horti- and agri-culture, and are repositories of folk history in various forms. They served a purpose which has not entirely disappeared perhaps?

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