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18 Jan 2019

A Stately Home is defined as a large and impressive house that is occupied or was formerly occupied by an aristocratic family. In this article we’ll list the top 10 characteristics that give these amazing historic buildings their title. Owners of Victorian and period properties wishing to create a memorable and unique house can learn a lot from Stately Homes – there are a number of features that define a stately home which make it…

17 Jan 2019

Clivden, Taplow, has enduring links with the Royal Family. It was the place where Meghan Markle stayed the night before her marriage to Prince Harry. And has been visited by nearly every monarch since George I over the years. It was also the backdrop to some defining events in English history such as the Profumo affair.There have been three houses on this site: the first two destroyed by fire in 1795 and 1849. The present Grade I…

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10 stately homes that have appeared on the big screen

The UK is extremely rich in historic buildings that perfectly lend themselves to location work, from those in an impeccable state of repair fit for a Queen, to those that are literally crumbling before us (think Great Expectations), plus everything in between.

11 Jan 2019

The UK is extremely rich in historic buildings that perfectly lend themselves to location work, from those in an impeccable state of repair fit for a Queen, to those that are literally crumbling before us (think Great Expectations), plus everything in between. These properties usually boast fantastically well established gardens and woodland and provide ideal filming locations both inside and out, many of them within easy reach of…

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Queen Victoria’s visit to the Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles was the main royal residence of France from 1682 until 1789  and is located around 12 miles southwest of the centre of Paris.[2]It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, notable especially for the ceremonial Hall of Mirrors, the…

02 Nov 2018

About VersaillesThe Palace of Versailles was the main royal residence of France from 1682 until 1789  and is located around 12 miles southwest of the centre of Paris.[2]It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, notable especially for the ceremonial Hall of Mirrors, the jewel-like Royal Opera, and the royal apartments as well as the vast Gardens of Versailles with fountains, canals, and geometric flower beds and groves.Why did Versailles…

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What is Victorian fashion?

This question covers two potential trains of thought. Victorian fashion comprises the fashions worn by those Victorian men and women who cold afford clothes that were about more than just covering their bodies and keeping them warm.Also styles that ape…

03 Oct 2018

This question covers two potential trains of thought. Victorian fashion comprises the fashions worn by those Victorian men and women who cold afford clothes that were about more than just covering their bodies and keeping them warm.Also styles that ape Victorian trends have been coming and going with amazing regularity in the last few decades, in fact in the 2017 catwalk shows there were a lot of Victorian style detail blouses, rich…

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What were Victorian games?

If we are going to talk about Victorian games we probably should distinguish between games for adults, games for children and games for the whole family. Many games were invented by the Victorians and are still popular today

26 Sep 2018

If we are going to talk about Victorian games we probably should distinguish between games for adults, games for children and games for the whole family. Many games were invented by the Victorians and are still popular today.Victorian toysA lot of toys were expensive in Victorian times and even children from rich families would have few toys, so these toys really did get used a lot and passed from child to child within the…

24 Sep 2018

Just a note of clarification for our readers on both sides of the Atlantic – by Public schools in the UK, we mean private schools where fees had to be paid.The Definition of a public schoolEton, Harrow, Westminster, Rugby, Winchester, Charterhouse, and Shrewsbury, and two London day schools, St. Pauls and Merchant Taylors's, were defined as “Public Schools” in the 1860s by the educational Clarendon commission. They were maintained by…

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The design of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Stained glass has been used in buildings and ornaments for over 1000 years, especially in Catherals and Churches. Louis Comfort Tiffany is the artist probably most associated with Art Nouveau objects.

09 Oct 2015
When was stained glass made?Stained glass has been used in buildings and ornaments for over 1000 years, especially in Catherals and Churches. One of the best known designers and artisans in this field is Louis Comfort Tiffany who designed and developed lighting products featuring stained and art glass at his studios in New York from the late 1800s.Tiffany is the artist probably most associated with Art…
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Powis Castle and Garden

Out of stunning landscaped gardens with breathtaking views, bright green and fertile, rose this magnificent structure built originally around 1200 but with an impressive interior updated and enhanced over the centuries.

04 Sep 2012
Powis Castle near Welshpool would be a stunning place to visit at any time of year but on yet another rainy afternoon in early June, it was a treat for the senses in all ways.
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Flooring and carpets

While flooring goes back thousands of years, it was only in the eighteenth century with the development of weaving looms of an industrial scale that carpets were beginning to be used on the floor.

24 Jan 2012
The practice of using stone as flooring goes back thousands of years but in the Middle Ages it began to be recorded that flags (or rushes) would be laid across the stone to sweeten the air when trodden upon, thus giving rise to the word ‘flagstone’ as a description of stone flooring. Sweet smelling herbs such as lavender, camomile, rose petals, daisies and fennel were added to disguise somewhat prevalent bad smells.

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