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Castle Hil

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  • Day30

    Dunster Castle Mill

    August 30, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    What would a castle be without a mill.

    In fact a double overshot mill.

    Dunster of course has one (pretty silly post otherwise) and it was been restored to all it’s glory and mills flour for sale.

    Very interesting place although I have to admit that we dodged a bullet and avoided the extremely enthusiastic guide who kept telling us their was a tour soon.
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    Leslee Turner

    Very pretty

  • Day31

    Dunster Castle

    August 31, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    We did leave Hestercombe House on the off chance that the roads would be better.

    Lost that bet.

    8 miles of lane, 3 horses, one white van and we didn’t have to back up once.

    Who is the patron saint of back lanes?

    Duster Castle was worth the drive.

    There has been a Castle is on the site since Saxon times, then the Normans, then the rest.

    During the English Civil War the castle declared for Parliament and got besieged by Royalists then declared for the King and got besieged by Parliamentarians.

    The second time they surrendered and the outer defensive walls were pulled down.
    Luckily for us just before the boys stated on the rest orders came to stop so there is quite a bit left over. Quite a bit.

    It had the usual 18th century makeover and quite a few changes inside and out. Even got a modern kitchen in the 1950s.

    Following the death of Alexander Luttrell in 1944, the family was unable to afford the death duties on his estate. The castle and surrounding lands an dvillages were sold off to a property firm, the family continuing to live in the castle as tenants. The Luttrells bought back the castle in 1954, but in 1976 Colonel Walter Luttrell gave Dunster Castle and most of its contents to the National Trust. It is a Grade I listed building and scheduled monument. (Wikipedia).

    This could all have been avoided if Alexander had handed the estate to his son John earlier but it appears he believed in “paying his way” so stiffed him with the taxes.

    We are now thinking of doing something similar with our extensive estates.

    You walk a million miles up and down but well worth it.
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    Graham Britt

    Lovely castle. A pleasant aspect

  • Day77

    Entertaining at Dunster Castle

    July 17, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Imagine being a guest at this table! One time the host asked for the curry to be prepared very spicy, except for his. He thought it was pretty funny when everyone else except himself was gasping.

    The Cleopatra and Anthony wall hanging is made of leather, and is part of a set that tells their story. They were in the dining room, but are now displayed in a central room at the top of the stairs.

    After dinner the ladies went to the drawing room (derived from the word "withdraw") for sherry and gentile conversation, and the men to the smoking room or the billiards room, probably for other conversations!
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  • Day77

    Dunster Castle, First Floor

    July 17, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    In England, first floor is what we call second floor. This is where the bedrooms and bathrooms are located. When the castle was remodeled in the Victorian era, they put in modern conveniences like flush toilets.Read more

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