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Compton Castle Gardens, Overcast Day

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle (a fortified manor house) is what I’d term a semi National Trust property. It is only open a few days a week as it is still in use as a family home; for this reason you cannot take photographs of the interior. It is a lovely place to visit, as I hope these photographs of the garden will show, and the few rooms that are open are nice enough. Given the small amount to see, it doesn’t take long at all, so there is plenty of time to fit another outing into your day.

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

There’s a holiday rental property in the corner, just behind where I was standing to take that last photograph. It’s in a tower and looks perfect.

Where did you go on your most recent day out?

 
Mompesson House, Summer

Mompesson House

Mompesson is small house, at least compared to other houses open to the public, but it’s worth a visit if you’re in Salisbury and have a bit of time on your hands. It’s located on the green just in front of the cathedral grounds, the grey house in the photo, and is quite pretty. I haven’t seen the film, but apparently it was used in the 1995 version of Sense And Sensibility.

Mompesson House

Mompesson House

Mompesson House

Mompesson House

Mompesson House

Which historical places have you visited recently?

 
Cardiff Castle, Rainy Day

Cardiff Castle keep

A few years ago, Megan wrote a guest post about Cardiff Castle. I was as fascinated by her photograph of the Arab room ceiling as I expect you may have been, and endeavoured to visit the castle myself. I finally got there. There are two types of ticket at the castle, one that lets you see five rooms, and a more expensive house tour. I’m not a fan of groups and we didn’t have too much time so we opted for the five rooms. Whilst guide books show that you do miss out by not going on the tour, the awe factor isn’t as less as it could be. As always, right click and view the image to see a bigger version.

The ceiling of Cardiff Castle's Arab Room

Cardiff Castle's banquet hall

Cardiff Castle's banqueting hall's fireplace

The ceiling of the banqueting hall alcove, Cardiff Castle

One of Cardiff Castle's drawing rooms

Cardiff Castle's library

An ornate staircase at Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle, library window

Cardiff Castle house

Cardiff Castle's clock tower

Inside Cardiff Castle's keep

The park

Which historical site did you last visit?

 
Rochester Cathedral, Summer

Rochester Cathedral

When we went to Rochester to see the castle, we found there was time left to visit the cathedral. I like cathedrals a lot; they are grand in general and rather pretty, and whilst churches and other religious buildings are lovely too (the large mandir in London is astoundingly beautiful), there is just something about cathedrals. Their history and sheer size are breath-taking. And in the case of Rochester there is the association with Dickens, a few ruins, and a large crypt you can walk around.

Not surprisingly, I took many photographs inside Rochester. I’m happy to say you can take pictures without paying (some cathedrals charge) and there is no entry fee. Looking back at my photographs the other day I thought I might share them with you all so that you could see the building for yourselves.

Rochester Cathedral's nave

Rochester Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral's organ

Rochester Cathedral's main altar

Rochester Cathedral's choir

Rochester Cathedral's plaque for Charles Dickens

The plaque reads: Charles Dickens. Born at Portsmouth. Seventh Of February 1812. Died at Gadshill Place By Rochester. Ninth of June 1870. Buried in Westminster Abbey. To connect his memory with the scenes in which his earliest and his latest years were passed, and with the associations of Rochester Cathedral and its neighbourhood which extended over all his life. This tablet. With the sanction of the Dean and his Chapter, is placed by his Executors.

Rochester Cathedral's crypt

The crypt. Mainly empty except for this tiny altar.

Rochester Cathedral's nave

The ruins of the old house at Rochester Cathedral

Do you like visiting religious buildings as a tourist?

 
Hever Castle, Late Autumn

As you may know, last Friday I went to Hever Castle. The day was fine and the colours were beautiful. At this time of year and on a weekday, few people visit, so we were able to take many photographs. My boyfriend took some panoramas which if I can I will post to Twitter, but otherwise here are my efforts. I’ve decided to leave them in the order taken – from entrance, to castle, to Roman gardens, and back again – and this time I used a couple of filters, too. As usual, the photos can be right clicked to see them full size. If I ever find the plugin or whatever it is to make viewing photos easier you can be sure I’ll be working through the entire archives of this blog.

Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle and Gardens

Where have you found autumn to be most beautiful?

 

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