Friday, 26 May 2017
Today I was very excited to visit Belton House, used as a film set in the 1995 BBC production of "Pride and Prejudice". Belton was used as "Rosings", Lady Catherine de Burgh's beautiful estate.
The house is magnificent from the front and from the back (not sure which side is which?).
Here is a picture from the mini-series, Elizabeth Bennett approaching Rosings with Mr Collins, Charlotte, her father and sister.
Here are my photos from today.
I was trying to take a selfie, but I missed out the house!
I had to ask a passer by to take a shot with me and the house.
Here is Lizzie Bennett walking along the garden path.
Here is the garden today.
The house was built in the1680s for Sir John Brownlow with all the design features of a classic country house. The house includes grand display rooms and impressive collections of porcelain, silver, paintings and books. A feature was the beautiful carved woodwork decorations.
He is Colin Firth ascending the stairs as Mr D'Arcy.
Several of the beautiful bedrooms.
So sad that the writing bureau that Mr D'Arcy wrote his letter to Lizzy after his proposal was rejected, was away being restored. Sad face.
The Chinese bedroom. Gorgeous.
The Queen's Room, decorated in 1841 for the visit to Belton by Queen Adelaide, the widow of William IV. Just superb, especially her beautiful bed.
This magnificent room was also used as the room in "Rosings" where Elizabeth meets Lady Catherine.
Here is Lady Catherine in front of the huge paintings of swans and other birds.
Here is Lady Catherine and Mr Collins son front of this green wall.
Just so special.
Thursday, 25 May 2017
I spent a wonderful morning in Lincoln today visiting the medieval Castle, the Victorian Prison and the 11th/12th century Cathedral.
The pretty Steep Hill.
The entrance to the castle.
I walked right around the one-third mile circumference on the medieval castle walls, up and down lots of steps. The castle was built in the late 11th century by William the Conqueror on the site of a Roman fortress.
The view of the present town outside the walls.
Inside the Victorian prison built within the walls. Spooky.
I was so fortunate to be able to see three priceless medieval documents (no photos allowed): the Magna Carta held by Lincoln Cathedral, written for the peace treaty between King John and his barons in 1215; the Charter of the Forest, written by John's son, Henry III in 1217 and amazingly, the Doomsday Book. The latter has not been on display to the public in living memory! Wow.
Then a visit to the Cathedral, the present building was constructed in the 11th and 12 centuries on an earlier church which was destroyed by earthquake and fire.
The Cathedral is completely covered in stone carving. Absolutely amazing.
The inside was equally beautiful with layer upon layer of arches and windows.
The Bishop's rose window in the south transcept.
The Dean's rose window in the north transcept.