IDENTITY IN MEMORIAL – Part 2 The Horsey Monument, Sherborne Abbey

IDENTITY IN MEMORIAL – Part 2 The Horsey Monument, Sherborne Abbey

The Horsey Monument at Sherborne Abbey I find tomb monuments fascinating. They preserve not just a record of individuals but elements of architectural design, ornament, clothing, jewellery, belief, symbolism, image and identity. The Horsey monument in Sherborne Abbey...
THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE IN DORSET – The Horsey Monument Part 1

THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE IN DORSET – The Horsey Monument Part 1

The Horsey Monument at Sherborne Abbey circa 1565 As I drive around the county of Somerset my journey is frequently punctuated by travel news from BBC Somerset. Often queuing traffic is backed up at the Horsey roundabout at the crossing of the A3088 and the A30 in...
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 Wiltshire – Longford Castle

Arcadia in Wiltshire – Longford Castle

Longford Castle lies to the south-east of Salisbury, close to the banks of the River Avon. Its origins are Elizabethan (completed circa 1591), when it was known as Longford House. It was restored, remodelled and extended in the 18th and 19th centuries. In this post I...
Tudor Balusters

Tudor Balusters

Figure 1: Montacute House, Somerset. Balusters forming part of a balustrade on the roofline (circa late 16th C). Montacute House was a complete new build and elegant balusters were part of the design. The Tudor Renaissance Baluster The baluster became an architectural...