Tag Archives: John Vanbrugh

Visiting a Duke 18thc style…

At the end of last year I wrote  about the travel journals of John Byng, 5th Viscount Torrington. His diaries are, unlike most 18thc published writing, quite informal in style , probably because he  had no intention of putting his … Continue reading

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Achille Duchêne @ Blenheim

A drizzly overcast day in mid-November might not be the ideal time to see the gardens at Blenheim but I was taking advantage of an offer of free entry to the gardens and park via my RHS membership, so a drizzly … Continue reading

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Seaton Delaval: “The Geordie Versailles”

This summer I was mesmerised by a visit to Seaton Delaval Hall,   Vanbrugh’s  late masterpiece, just north of  Newcastle. Although I’d seen photos of the house  I suppose I was  expecting a grand approach maybe down a long avenue of trees … Continue reading

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Eastbury

No it isn’t a disused rural railway station! Instead this intriguing arcaded house is all that remains of one of Baroque architect Sir John Vanbrugh’s greatest buildings. Vastly expensive and taking over 20 years to complete, Eastbury at Tarrant Gunville in … Continue reading

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BEAUTIFUL BRITAIN: Romance and Reason

I’m a hoarder and always have been. I’ve also been interested in history all my life and even as a child I collected anything and everything in the hope that one day it would come in ‘useful’.  Having written last … Continue reading

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