Other peoples properties : littlecote home re visited

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  • 1. Other Peoples Properties : Littlecote Home Re-visited
  • 2. Contrary to the popular notice always rains on Bank Holiday Weekends, Good Friday arrived dry and sunny and we all embark with the Wightlink Ferry or a amount of other travellers with the first big 'get away' of year. Our destination, Littlecote House not far from Hungerford.
  • 3. More than A.4, Newbury to Marlborough Road we chose to stop off at Hungerford for your caffeine boost before continuing onto Littlecote House. Hungerford has boasted antique shops for many years along with the town, steeped of them all, remains to become a haven for antiques today. After the welcome coffee with the Plume of Feathers Inn from the Traditional relaxing in from the question watching town life pass by you will need to spent 1 hour with the road mooching around the stalls inside Hungerford Arcade.
  • 4. This building, going back 1360, was the first arcades on this enter in the country and houses some 80 stallholders. We resisted finding a very unusual Victorian mounted glass Golf Trophies Claret Jug to exist in and instead settled to get a set of two silver and enamel cuff links depicting golfers. An apt bithday present first golfing mad son.
  • 5. By now Littlecote was calling. From the car and simply ten mins potentially away we were soon driving through the tree lined avenue and thru the paddocks resulting in your home. You can easily close up your eyes and imagine riding around your property on horseback, but this is often 2006 so we will be in an automobile therefore we drive towards new hotel section within and also to the east on the Estate Buildings, park up, sign in and unload our luggage to the weekend. One of the pleasures to keep at Littlecote is that you may book space inside Mansion and permit your imagination carry you back history.
  • 6. Just before building of your manor at Littlecote finds of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic flint tools and Bronze Age pottery fragments indicate there seemed to be human activity on the spot that appealed to the Romans. William George, a Steward of Littlecote made an archaeological discovery in 1728 value of which was not fully realised until re-excavations happened within the late 1970's when a mosaic floor, dating back to Roman times was discovered.
  • 7. From the 13th & 14th centuries a medieval village developed within the Roman settlement with an early manor house established, held by Roger de Calstone. Now Littlecote is among England's finest Grade 1 listed Medieval Tudor Mansions and presents a long good alterations and additions.
  • 8. Out of your mid 13th Century it remained inside de Calstone family until William Darrell married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas de Calstone in 1415 and inherited the Estate, later passing to Sir John Popham in 1590, Lord Chief Justice who presided above the trials of Sir Walter Raleigh and Guy Fawkes and who had previously been in control of high of the modifications and additions.
  • 9. Such as a typical visitor to Littlecote I enjoy browse the Great Hall first utilizing its grey and white diamond flagstone floor, oak panelling and English fan-vaulted ceiling. There is certainly blue, gold and bronze roundel within the high window where Jane Seymour and Henry VIII's initials are united by lovers' knots and cupids heads, due to this was Littlecote that Henry VIII visited and courted Jane, close relatives from the Darrells. Housed within the Hall undoubtedly are a 30 foot long Shovel-Board table plus the finger stock believed to happen to be utilised by Judge Popham to confine prisoners inside dock.
  • 10. A door as soon as the Great Hall leads into the drawing room decorated with hand-painted Chinese wallpaper with windows overlooking the 1st main drive and lawns. This room is wonderfully relaxing along with an ideal spot to sit and look the Sunday morning newspapers whereas the Popham Library leading over drawing room is definitely a special destination to enjoy an after dinner drink. In the evening library could be the Dutch Parlour which may fascinate all art lovers with it's panels depicting scenes from 'Don Quixote' and Butler's 'Hudibras', painted by Dutch prisoners obtained from a naval battle along the year 1665.
  • 11. Continuing through will be the Brick Parlour with examples of 17th century panelling as well as the Diamond Hall will be the Cromwellian Chapel and gallery manufactured by Alexander Popham, grandson of Sir John. We're told until this is the one remaining type of a Cromwellian chapel within a private house, when using pulpit positioned the place that the alter can be elsewhere of worship. The word 'dropping off' hails from design for that pews using their slight forward tilt causing anyone falling asleep after a wish to literally 'slip off'.
  • 12. They work too. You simply need to drive them into account! The gallery on the chapel then leads through into your haunted landing and bedroom so named to the connection to the murder of your baby baby during ownership from your Darrells. Story has it that your midwife from nearby Shefford was delivered to your property, blindfolded, to provide a newborn. After successfully boosting the mother to offer birth with a boy the midwife was ordered to toss the baby around the fire because of the wild-eyed man later referred to as 'Wild' William Darrell.
  • 13. It does not take ghost from the mother who's told haunt both bedroom and landing. To try and do our visit of the home can be a holiday to your Long Gallery which consists of fine Oriel window. Lined with family portraits this room offers some 110 feet by 18 feet. Long galleries, a standard feature of houses at this time, provided the flexibility when choosing to take exercise without needing to venture outdoors in bad weather. However, believe it or not irresistible on the visitors versus house add some gardens - some 113 acres which 40 acres are formal gardens - but they're another delight, another story.
  • 14. Golf is a genteel sport that has been an international passion, particularly the business world. Golf trophies carry the reward of instant fame and fortune. Golf around certain regions are avidly and then fans worldwide, and toughly contested for. Legends like Jack Nicklaus and Padraig harrington have captured international attention.