01
Sep
13

Strawberry Hill

I waked one morning, in the beginning of last June, from a dream, of which, all I could recover, was, that I had thought myself in an ancient castle (a very natural dream for a head like mine filled with Gothic story).

– Horace Walpole, 1765.

 

I had the pleasure of visiting Horace Walpole’s estate at Strawberry Hill in Twickenham. The estate has been restored, and is a tourist attraction (mostly locals). Restorations are still being made to the building – his bedroom is one of the works-in-progress. Most other rooms such as the library and several bedrooms are restored. Here are some snaps:

 

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The Castle from the exterior.

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Restored stained glass in the castle’s windows. Note the Gothic arches.

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The Library. The arched frame swings outward, allowing people access to the books behind it.

 

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As part of the experience, I undertook a ‘Twilight Tour’ of the grounds. This is Margo, the director’s cat, who lives on the grounds. I thought it apt that we were joined by a black cat for a night tour of the grounds.

 

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The stained glass stuff.

 

 

 

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