The Skimmington Ride – Montacute House, South Somerset

Montacute House is a rare survival from the late Elizabethan moving into the early-Jacobean period. In this post I wish to examine an aspect of decoration in the great hall that tells of how local villagers would deal with a particular transgression of a neighbour....

Adoration of the Magi: Wall Painting at Berry Pomeroy, South Devon

On the first floor of the gatehouse at Berry Pomeroy Castle are the remains of a finely executed wall painting of the Adoration of the Magi. It dates from circa 1490 to 1500. (Kightly, Berry Pomeroy Castle, p. 7). The original castle, of which the gatehouse and...

Ambition in Terracotta: Layer Marney Gatehouse circa 1520

The spectacular gatehouse of Layer Marney is embellished with astounding terracotta ornamentation. This is particularly impressive when taking the date of its build into consideration. It was built during the early part of Henry VIII’s reign (reign was 1509 to 1547)....

Exeter Cathedral Nativity Statues

In the porch of the exit (west end) of Exeter Cathedral are statues representing the Nativity. It is difficult to photograph as the space is confined and there are 2 scenes, one on top of the other. The upper scene appears to be of Mary cradling Jesus, with the...

Ambition in Brick – Layer Marney Gatehouse circa 1520

  Nestling in the Essex countryside is the magnificent early-Tudor gatehouse of Layer Marney. It was intended to be the imposing entrance to what would have been a grand early-16th C house. Only the wings of the intended house and the gatehouse were completed....

Cold-water Bathing in the 18th Century

Georgian Cold-water Bathing & Balneology – Sir John Floyer & William Falconer Featured Image: The cold-water bath at Corsham Court, Wiltshire, circa 1761-63 Sir John Floyer (1649-1743) was a physician, practicing in Lichfield by 1675 for over 50 years. He was...

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