Finials & Niches – Tudor ornamentation at Longford & Montacute

Finials & Niches – Tudor ornamentation at Longford & Montacute

Figure 1: Longford Castle Entrance Facade (1591). On a summer visit to Longord Castle in Wiltshire my eye was caught by some ornamental details that reminded me of Montacute House in Somerset. Whilst a completely different building to Montacute, I found myself...
Arcadia in Dorset Part 3

Arcadia in Dorset Part 3

Arcadia in Dorset Part 3: Cranborne Manor House Gatehouse Tudor and early-Stuart gatehouses were built close to the houses they served. They usually opened into a court in front of the house. It was later in the 17th C that they became unfashionable and in the 18th C...
Arcadia in Dorset Part 2

Arcadia in Dorset Part 2

On the south front of Cranborne Manor House is a delightful and compact early 17th C loggia. It is centred as the main entrance (the far west wing being added later) and positioned between the 13th C stair turret and buttress. There are 3 rusticated arches with what...
Arcadia In Dorset Part 1

Arcadia In Dorset Part 1

The Northern Loggia at Cranborne Manor House King James I of England had granted the manor of Cranborne to Robert Cecil in recognition of his role in bringing about the peaceful transition from the Tudor dynasty to the Stuart dynasty after James claimed the English...
ROYAL HUNTING LODGE TO JACOBEAN STATEMENT: Cranborne Manor House

ROYAL HUNTING LODGE TO JACOBEAN STATEMENT: Cranborne Manor House

I have long wanted to visit Cranborne Manor House and in July 2019 I did just that. During the summer months Cranborne Manor House opens its gardens ever Wednesday to the public. It is in a stunning setting with fabulous gardens. Whilst the house is closed and...