"The house has a dining-room 60 feet long, 34 wide, and 30 high, and contains many rich works of art; and the park has a lake in front of the house, and is about 11 miles in circuit."
1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales
It was so beautiful it was described as a place "to paradise the mind" by a guest in the 1790s. Unfortunately it suffered a great fire in 1879 and had to be rebuilt. A second fire in 1912 followed by the First World War and The Depression led to the house being demolished in 1938.
Well, today we enjoyed a stroll round the Duke's estate, photographed a few birds and had tea and scones in his back garden.
|"I can see right through your nose!"|
Andy took the photographs of the Nuthatch and the Mute Swan - I don't have to tell you that I took this one!!! I tried!
On the way back to the car this Mandarin Duck was splashing about in the river.