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

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

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)....
Ambition in Brick – Layer Marney Gatehouse circa 1520

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....
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...