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Chichester District

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  • Day118

    Petworth: Art and Landscape Architecture

    August 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    Petworth House has been owned by the same family since the 17th Century. It is surrounded by a deer park designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown, which features undulating hills, beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, serpentine lakes, and clumps of trees. Closer to the house is the Pleasure Grounds, with temples, huge trees, and flower beds. His designs were supposed to look natural, and they do, so much that one wonders if it was God's plan, rather than man's. Capability Brown designed 700+ parks in his life.Read more

  • Day118

    Petworth Art Collection

    August 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    This house contains the finest art collection in the National Trust, including paintings by Van Dyck, Turner, and Gainsborough. We wish we knew more about art! Many of the rooms were not used often, but were mainly used for displays. For example, the dining table wasn't set up until they planned a dinner party.Read more

  • Day118

    The Grand Staircase, and Medieval Chapel

    August 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    The Grand Staircase (first three pictures) contains murals painted by Louis Laguerre in 1715-20. They tell the story of Prometheus and Pandora, featuring some of the family members in heroic roles.

    The chapel (last three pictures) is the only remaining medieval section of the house.

  • Day118

    Elizabeth Ilive, Countess and Scientist

    August 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    Elizabeth was the mistress and later the wife of the 3rd Earl of Egremont. She was a devoted mother, and also had a laboratory where she could study and experiment. She invented the cross-bar lever to make it easier to move heavy rocks, and won an award for this. She also did agricultural experiments and found better ways to grow potatoes. Elizabeth wrote for scientific publications, but due to the times, she didn't get all the credit she deserved.Read more

  • Day122

    Uppark House and Garden

    August 31, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    Uppark is an 18th century Georgian mansion in the South Downs (the hilly area south of London). In 1989 a fire destroyed a large part of the mansion, but luckily, it happened during the daytime, so staff and tourists had a chance to rescue much of the furniture, wall hangings, art, and mirrors. It took 5 years to restore the house and reopen it. Unfortunately, photos are not allowed of the interior, so I used these from the National Trust website. The restoration work is amazing!

    A beautiful Doll House has been at Uppark since 1746. Since it is 300 years old and in such good condition, it is obvious that it was not played with, but was Lady Featherstonhaugh's hobby. It is furnished with fine furniture with real marble tops, imported silks, porcelain, oil paintings, and real candles!
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  • Day122

    Life "Below Stairs"

    August 31, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    The lower level shows how the servants lived and worked. We found out the definition of Still Room--a separate kitchen area (distillery) where cordials, spirits, perfumes, and preserves were made, tea was brewed and breakfast and tea trays laid.

  • Day27

    Don't take your car to Brighton

    August 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Time to leave Southampton and head to Brighton - we had a very short visit there before and it has been on the top of our list for a return visit.

    On the way we stopped at Portsmouth - first the newest British largest aircraft carrier was on its maiden voyage and had stopped at Portsmouth and second, a Facebook friend lives there. We were very happy with the old port area - but again like Southampton, it had a strange mix of old and new. We spent some time at a garrison church that had been bombed in the second world war - but only the roof burnt - enjoyed a talk to the guide who was very informative. They said that in its heyday people would buy "tickets" to get a seat in the church - how things have changed. It was lovely meeting our friend Ray - we had a great chat and a cup of tea with him and he showed us around his house.

    From our previous trip I remember the constant roundabouts on the main road along the south coast of England - they just don't work - hold ups every time.

    We found our Guest House in Brighton - but typically it had no parking and nowhere to stop to drop off our bags - we parked on the footpath, but even then cars could only just squeeze by - this is crazy.

    Being a coastal town there is usually a strong sea breeze - but tonight it was something else - never seen Mary so annoyed and cold - but she survived.

    Tomorrow we are going to the Royal Pavilion & North Laine areas.

    Cheers,
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  • Day122

    Views and Gardens at Uppark House

    August 31, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    The gardens are being restored to their 1800s designs.

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