Every Picture Tells a Story     June 2017

 

Labmerhurst

Lamberhurst is a village and civil parish in Kent containing the hamlets of The Down and Hook Green. At the 2001 census it had a population of 1,491, increasing to 1,706 at the 2011 Censust Oswald.

Knole

Knole House /noʊl.haʊs/ NT is an English country house in the civil parish of Sevenoaks in west Kent. Sevenoaks consists of the town itself and Knole Park, a 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) park, within which the house is situated. Knole is one of England's largest houses. The National Trust attributes a possibility of its having at some point been a calendar house, which had 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances and seven courtyards.

It was constructed beginning in the late 15th century, with major additions in the 16th century. Its grade I listing reflects its mix of Elizabethan to late Stuart structures, particularly in the case of the central fašade and state rooms. The surrounding deer park has also survived with few manmade changes in the 400 years since 1600. But, its formerly dense woodland has not fully recovered from the loss of more than 70% of its trees in the Great Storm of 1987

Scotney

Scotney Castle is an English country house with formal gardens south-east of Lamberhurst in the valley of the River Bewl in Kent, England. It belongs to the National Trust.

The gardens, which are a celebrated example of the Picturesque style, are open to the public. The central feature is the ruins of a medieval, moated manor house, Scotney Old Castle, which is on an island on a small lake. The lake is surrounded by sloping, wooded gardens with fine collections of rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia for spring colour, summer wisteria and roses, and spectacular autumn colour.

At the top of the garden stands a house which was built to replace the Old Castle between 1835 and 1843. This is known as Scotney New Castle, or simply Scotney Castle, and was designed by Anthony Salvin. It is an early, and unusually restrained, example of Tudor Revival architectural style in 19th century Britain. Following the death of the resident, Elizabeth Hussey, in 2006, this house was opened to the public for the first time on 6 June 2007.[1]

Bateman's

Bateman's is a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex, England. Author Rudyard Kipling lived in Bateman's from 1902 to his death in 1936. His wife bequeathed the house to the National Trust on her death in 1939, and it has since been opened to the public

Bateman's is a modest Jacobean Wealden sandstone mansion built in about 1634 probably for William Langham.[1] It has been alleged that a later occupier, John Britten, was an ironmaster but there is no evidence to support this. Six brick columns form a massive central chimneystack above the gabled facades.

Today the rooms are left as they were when the Kipling family lived there. Kipling and his wife created interiors that complemented the 17th-century house. The heart of the house is the book-lined study, at the top of the stairs, where Kipling worked. He sat at a 17th-century walnut refectory table under the window and his writing tools, paperweight, and pipe are still there.

Bateman's also reflects Kipling's strong links with the Indian subcontinent. There are oriental rugs in many rooms and the parlour displays Kipling's collection of Indian works of art and artefacts. His bookplate shows a small figure reading on top of an elephant. Exhibition rooms contain manuscripts, letters, and mementoes of Kipling's life and work.

The garden at Rudyard Kipling's home, Bateman's

The garden at Rudyard Kipling's home, Bateman's

Bateman's is located in East Sussex near Burwash

 

An out building at Bateman's

The garden at Rudyard Kipling's home, Bateman's

Bateman's produce for sale

Apartments at Scotney New Castle where Margaret Thatcher retreated to

Scotney New Castle nearer Lamberhurst in Kent

Renovations at Scotney

Elizabeth Hussy's Apartment as she left it in the early 1970's

Elizabeth Hussy's Apartment as she left it in the early 1970's

Elizabeth Hussy's Apartment as she left it in the early 1970's

Elizabeth Hussy's Apartment as she left it in the early 1970's

Elizabeth Hussy's bedroom with views toward the old Castle

Scotney old Castle

Scotney old Castle

Scotney old Castle

A day out with the kids at Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle's walled garden

Knole House near Sevenoaks in Kent

A school visit to Knole House

Knole House near Sevenoaks in Kent

Knole House near Sevenoaks in Kent

Knole House near Sevenoaks in Kent

The Orangery at Knole House

The Orangery at Knole House

Knole House near Sevenoaks in Kent

Knole House near Sevenoaks in Kent

 

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