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« Reply #75 on: March 11, 2015, 11:46:23 PM »

A new book about HM's residences:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/...nosim/?tag=royaltyblog-20
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« Reply #76 on: April 30, 2015, 06:32:10 AM »

TV News @itvnews  ·  8 hours ago
New pictures show devastation after huge blaze at 18th century @nationaltrust mansion
http://www.itv.com/news/2...-at-18th-century-mansion/

Also:
http://www.dailymail.co.u...Clandon-House-Surrey.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-surrey-32524445









The estate has been used to shoot 2008 film The Duchess.

The estate was refurbished under the eye of interior designer John Fowler
and contains a collection of 18th-century furniture, porcelain and textiles.

It is is one of Surrey's most popular wedding venues, as well as being used
for corporate events and private parties.
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« Reply #77 on: April 30, 2015, 07:27:15 AM »

TV News @itvnews  ·  8 hours ago
New pictures show devastation after huge blaze at 18th century @nationaltrust mansion
http://www.itv.com/news/2...-at-18th-century-mansion/

Also:
http://www.dailymail.co.u...Clandon-House-Surrey.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-surrey-32524445









The estate has been used to shoot 2008 film The Duchess.

The estate was refurbished under the eye of interior designer John Fowler
and contains a collection of 18th-century furniture, porcelain and textiles.

It is is one of Surrey's most popular wedding venues, as well as being used
for corporate events and private parties.


That is such sad news! A fire is a completely devastating event.  Cry    Thank God that it appears no one was injured.  Angel

It seems a salvage operation is now underway; I feel for those involved. You can never comprehend the danger, smell, filth, and the sheer hard work that goes into the effort after a fire.    Cry

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-surrey-32527293
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« Reply #78 on: April 30, 2015, 10:22:32 AM »

Yes fire is the worst as what's not consumed and damaged by the fire will likely be destroyed by the water and extinguishing agents.
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« Reply #79 on: May 23, 2015, 07:12:43 PM »

                 


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23 May 2015

Wentworth Woodhouse for sale with £8m plus price tag

One of Europe's biggest private stately homes is up for sale in South Yorkshire with a price tag in excess of £8m.
The Grade-1 listed Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, is larger than Buckingham Palace.
Clifford Newbold, who bought it in 1999, died in April and his family has announced the "reluctant decision" to sell the property.
According to campaign group Save Britain's Heritage, an estimated £42m needs to be spent on repairs.
In a statement, the family said they wanted "someone to carry on our work and see the house in safe hands".
Restoration work was under way in the house but has been hampered by subsidence caused by mining, the statement added.
Wentworth Woodhouse is described as "one of the finest Georgian houses in England" by Savills, the agency handling the sale.

Hampered by subsidence

Save Britain's Heritage has previously said that English Heritage surveys showed £42m was needed to be spent on the house over the next 15 years for repairs and subsidence damage.
Wentworth Woodhouse, which is open to the public, sits in 82 acres of grounds and the earliest wing of the house was started in 1725.
The Palladian-style east wing has a front that extends for 606 ft (184m).
Mining in the area was a key source of income to help with running costs for the house's former owners.
The interiors of the house are the work of three patrons -– the First and Second Marquess of Rockingham and the Fourth Earl Fitzwilliam.
The history of Wentworth Woodhouse and the nearby village of Wentworth is linked with three aristocratic families, the Wentworths, Watsons and Fitzwilliams.

Ref: BBC News; UK>England>Sheffield & South Yorkshire

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Statement from the Newbold Family Thursday 21st May 2015

Having made the reluctant decision to sell, it was always the plan to bring Wentworth Woodhouse to the market in the Spring of 2015.
It is the family’s greatest wish to find someone to carry on our work and see the house in safe hands and secure for the long term.
Various discussions have taken place over the last couple of years with SAVE, while they have tried to gain support for a charitable trust to take it over.
It has not been as easy as everyone hoped to raise the necessary funding and thus we are continuing to look for an individual or organisation to whom we can pass on the baton of stewardship for future generations to enjoy.

More info: www.wentworthwoodhouse.co.uk/


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Wentworth Woodhouse is now open to the public after being closed and a private residence for over 25 years. Pre-Booked guided tours of the State rooms and the gardens behind the house with views of the West Front are now available. We also have a Tea Room in the House, where you can buy Tea/Coffee and light refreshments like cake and biscuits.
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« Reply #80 on: May 23, 2015, 07:17:22 PM »

                 


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23 May 2015

Wentworth Woodhouse for sale with £8m plus price tag

One of Europe's biggest private stately homes is up for sale in South Yorkshire with a price tag in excess of £8m.
The Grade-1 listed Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, is larger than Buckingham Palace.
Clifford Newbold, who bought it in 1999, died in April and his family has announced the "reluctant decision" to sell the property.
According to campaign group Save Britain's Heritage, an estimated £42m needs to be spent on repairs.
In a statement, the family said they wanted "someone to carry on our work and see the house in safe hands".
Restoration work was under way in the house but has been hampered by subsidence caused by mining, the statement added.
Wentworth Woodhouse is described as "one of the finest Georgian houses in England" by Savills, the agency handling the sale.

Hampered by subsidence

Save Britain's Heritage has previously said that English Heritage surveys showed £42m was needed to be spent on the house over the next 15 years for repairs and subsidence damage.
Wentworth Woodhouse, which is open to the public, sits in 82 acres of grounds and the earliest wing of the house was started in 1725.
The Palladian-style east wing has a front that extends for 606 ft (184m).
Mining in the area was a key source of income to help with running costs for the house's former owners.
The interiors of the house are the work of three patrons -– the First and Second Marquess of Rockingham and the Fourth Earl Fitzwilliam.
The history of Wentworth Woodhouse and the nearby village of Wentworth is linked with three aristocratic families, the Wentworths, Watsons and Fitzwilliams.

Ref: BBC News; UK>England>Sheffield & South Yorkshire

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Statement from the Newbold Family Thursday 21st May 2015

Having made the reluctant decision to sell, it was always the plan to bring Wentworth Woodhouse to the market in the Spring of 2015.
It is the family’s greatest wish to find someone to carry on our work and see the house in safe hands and secure for the long term.
Various discussions have taken place over the last couple of years with SAVE, while they have tried to gain support for a charitable trust to take it over.
It has not been as easy as everyone hoped to raise the necessary funding and thus we are continuing to look for an individual or organisation to whom we can pass on the baton of stewardship for future generations to enjoy.

More info: www.wentworthwoodhouse.co.uk/


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Wentworth Woodhouse is now open to the public after being closed and a private residence for over 25 years. Pre-Booked guided tours of the State rooms and the gardens behind the house with views of the West Front are now available. We also have a Tea Room in the House, where you can buy Tea/Coffee and light refreshments like cake and biscuits.

Is it strange that I want Charles to buy this property and restore it?
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« Reply #81 on: May 23, 2015, 07:30:31 PM »

That is one gorgeous house 
That's my favorite thing to do on vacations, tour old homes.
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« Reply #82 on: September 06, 2015, 04:17:31 AM »

Updates to the Clanford Park House fire.

Clandon Park House
From The National Trust site
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1355894945049/
22.06.2015 12:03

"We're currently assessing and cataloguing the items which were able to be salvaged. Significant items from the collection have been saved. The Surrey Fire Service has handed Clandon Park back to us and structural engineers and insurers continue to assess the site. A specialist team are planning an archaeological salvage operation to recover further items from the building once it is safe to enter. Clandon Park was one of the country?s most complete examples of a Palladian mansion and contained a superb collection of 18th-century furniture, porcelain and textiles."

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"The Surrey Infantry Museum is contemplating the sad loss of the majority of its displayed collections following the fire at Clandon Park, the National Trust Palladian mansion near Guildford, Surrey, on 29 April. The museum, which was housed in the cellar of the house, was gutted by the blaze, as was the rest of the building. "

This is a devastating loss of artifacts for the time period.

Aerial video of the damaged building:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyfhJQgh61c

Video of items retrieved from the ruins:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=x71iNAElLyI
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« Reply #83 on: September 06, 2015, 04:28:32 AM »

Clanford Park photos

Aerial view of building after fire:






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« Reply #84 on: September 06, 2015, 04:30:30 AM »

Clanford Park photos

Before the fire:

   

After the fire:

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« Reply #85 on: September 06, 2015, 04:32:25 AM »

Clanford Park photos

Corner of the room before:



Same room from above:


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« Reply #86 on: September 06, 2015, 08:28:45 AM »

OK, that's it. I've had enough of the auto-correct function.
Auto-correct function should be labelled 'auto-embarrassment.'

Clanford? NO, NO, NO! Clandon.
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« Reply #87 on: September 21, 2015, 08:05:31 AM »

Not quite a castle, but a bit of very old history.



Downton Abbey mansion sells for ?6 million
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Posted: September 20, 2015

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The stunning home lived in by Lady Violet Crawley in Downton Abbey has been sold just as the final series kicks off for a staggering 6 MILLION [pounds].

Byfleet Manor is an historic and unique estate which pre-dates the Domesday Book and has been home to numerous members of royalty over the years.

But to many it is Dower House, home to Lady Violet Crawley, the acid-tongued Dowager played by Dame Maggie Smith.

For five years, Dame Maggie and the cast of the hit ITV show Downton Abbey have been filmed at the stunning 17th century mansion near Byfleet, Surrey.

The 6,000 sq/ft home, in Byfleet, Surrey, was put onto the market recently for 3.95 million [pounds].

It was also offered alongside a number of separate lots and it was revealed yesterday the estate has now sold for a total of 5.95 million [pounds].

Simon Ashwell, head of Savills Weybridge, said: "We received interest from a very wide spectrum of potential buyers, from people who knew the house locally, London buyers in search of an iconic country pad in easy reach of the city and international house hunters too, looking for a UK base.

"Houses like this are rare to the market so it wasn't surprising that Byfleet Manor went under offer within 12 weeks of coming to the market.

"We're thrilled the buyer has purchased all five lots, rather than the main house being separated from the remainder of this historic estate, which has connections to The Domesday Book as well as Downton Abbey.

"As Downton Abbey draws to end with the start of the final series, so begins a new chapter for the house that famously starred in the hit TV show."

Savills confirmed the buyer is British.

Byfleet Manor's sale represents a bumper profit for Julie Hutton, who bought the home around ten years ago for 1 million [pounds].

The businesswoman renovated the grand property while holding weddings and Downton-related events on the picturesque estate.

It has also been used for a number of other period dramas including Poirot and Cranford.

The house has eight bedrooms, four reception rooms and 18 acres of land along with stunning period features.

The estate's history extends back as far as the 7th century and is first recorded in 1086 in the Domesday Book when reference is made to Byfleet having a Manor.

While fictionally known for its aristocratic connections in Downton Abbey, by 1307 the Manor of Byfleet, then a Royal hunting lodge, was owned by the Crown for over 300 years during which time several royal figures lived at, gifted, destroyed and rebuilt the house.

King Edward I and II are noted to have stayed frequently at Byfleet. Edward III then gifted it to his mother Isabella as part of her Dower.

The Black Prince bred his horses on the estate while Henry VIII is said to have spent stints of his childhood at Byfleet.

He subsequently granted it to Katherine of Aragon in her divorce and Queen Elizabeth I visited in 1576. The last Royal owner was the Queen Consort Anne of Denmark, wife of King James I.

Byfleet Manor, as it stands today, was built in around 1686 although many details from an earlier Palace were incorporated, including the heavy timber staircase and several fireplaces. In 2013 a secret room was discovered.

Source and additional photos at: www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Downton-Abbey-mansion-sells-6-million/story-27833726-detail/story.html#ixzz3mLkSRZrO



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« Reply #88 on: October 13, 2015, 06:28:13 PM »

Not sure where to post this but DM has a cool article with heaps of pictures about Osborne House.
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« Reply #89 on: December 01, 2015, 06:34:59 PM »

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Buckingham Palace State Dining Room Closed Over Ceiling Safety Fears

Buckingham Palace, the principal royal abode of The Queen has been the setting of great splendour and elegance. Just over a month ago, the Chinese President Xi Jinping met with The Queen and The Duchess of Cambridge amongst other important personages. However, Buckingham Palace is in the news yet again but for an entirely different reason.

It appears that use of the State Dining Room has been suspended for the near future due to safety concerns regarding the ceiling. Although it was the Palace Ballroom that was the setting of the State Banquet back in October, the State Dining Room is by no means lesser in importance and is often the sight of larger lunch parties as opposed to sumptuous banquets.

Buckingham Palace has officially confirmed that the State Dining Room will be out of use until further notice. During the time that it is closed, further safety checks are to be carried out. A spokesman from the palace stated on Monday, 30 November, ?As the result of a routine survey, an issue was found with one of the ceiling beams in the roof space of the State Dining Room.? The spokesman continued, ?Following further assessment, access to the room has been suspended as a precautionary measure while additional investigation work takes place.?

It is assumed that the process could take up to six months, although the scope of the damage is still yet unknown. Fortunately, the issues found in the State Dining Room have not been found in the adjacent rooms such as the Palace Ballroom and the Picture Gallery.

Despite all of this, it is apparent that Buckingham Palace, although a majestic setting that has seen many famous people, still is in some serious need of repairs and renovations. There are rooms that have not been renovated for over 60 years and there have been occasions when visitors reported rain leaking on priceless paintings.  Furthermore, there is an issue with the plumbing and a desperate need for rewiring.

More recently, the palace has spent somewhere upwards of ? 2 million in essential repairs, which included the removal of asbestos and the replacing of the roofing. One thing is apparent, the 775-room palace is in need of some serious repairs and it could cost as much as ?150 million, if not more.

In the past week, it has been announced that The Queen?s income could possibly increase by 7% and that a portion of the money would go towards Buckingham Palace. There has been talk of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh vacating the palace and living in Windsor Castle for a year, so that the essential repairs can be made.
http://royalcentral.co.uk...eiling-safety-fears-56386

An acquaintance, member of a local Anglo club, has said to me in the past that Buck-Pal should be made smaller and scaled back rather than continuing to fix failing construction. Says the original work was substandard to begin with and bomb damage didn't help it any. A smaller building in a bigger green space would be better than throwing money at the building. Says SJP and Windsor are more suited to a modern monarchy.
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