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Monday, 29 December 2014

Historic places I have visited in 2014 - quiz answers

A collage of historic properties - Kedleston, Strawberry Hill and Nostell Priory

Here are 20 great historic places that I visited in 2014. If you want to have a go at identifying them from the photos, click here to take the quiz before going any further!

1.
Stourhead
Stourhead
Read more about Stourhead's beautiful landscaped gardens and the life of its owners, the Hoares of Hoare's bank, here.

2.
Osterley Park from the gardens
Osterley Park from the gardens
Osterley Park was remodelled by the architect Robert Adam and was the status symbol of Sir Francis Child.

3.
Saltram, Devon
Saltram
When George III stayed in Weymouth in the summer of 1789, he made a western tour and stayed at Saltram. Read more about the Parkers of Saltram and their house here.

4.
Sudbury Hall
Sudbury Hall
Sudbury Hall is home to the National Trust Museum of Childhood - a great family day out with interactive displays. You might recognise the interiors of the house which were used for Pemberley during the filming of the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

5.
Strawberry Hill
Strawberry Hill
Horace Walpole's Gothic palace - Strawberry Hill in Middlesex - was as incredible as I had hoped it would be.

6.
Kenwood House
Kenwood House
The newly restored Kenwood House was the home of Lord Mansfield and is under the care of English Heritage.

7.
Chatsworth
Chatsworth
Chatsworth is the magnificent home of the Duke of Devonshire and was once home to the charismatic Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, a leading light in the Georgian ton. Read my guide to Chatsworth here and see a photo tour of Chatsworth here. Discover more about Georgiana here.

8.
Arlington Court
Arlington Court
Arlington Court in Devon is home to the National Trust Carriage Museum. Read more about Arlington Court here.

9.
Haddon Hall
Haddon Hall
Haddon Hall has been used as a film set on numerous occasions, and has repeatedly been used to depict Thornfield Hall in adaptations of Jane Eyre. Read more about the history of Haddon Hall here.

10.
Eyam Hall
Eyam Hall
Eyam Hall in Derbyshire is a relatively humble property built in the village of Eyam, a community devastated by plague just a few years before. Eyam is in the care of the National Trust.

11.
Clandon Park
Clandon Park
Lord Onslow's magnificent Surrey home - Clandon Park.

12.
Cotehele
Cotehele
The Edgcumbe family's Tudor home in Cornwall was visited by George III and Queen Charlotte in 1789. Read more about Cotehele here.

13.
Uppark
Uppark
Uppark was ravaged by fire in 1989 but has been lovingly restored by the National Trust.

14.
Mount Edgcumbe
Mount Edgcumbe
Just across the water from Plymouth, Mount Edgcumbe was the Tudor home of the Edgcumbe family and was devastated by bombing and fire during the Second World War. You can read more about Mount Edgcumbe here.

15.
Nostell Priory
Nostell Priory
Nostell Priory in Yorkshire boasts a large collection of Chippendale furniture as well as stunning interiors designed by Robert Adam. Read my guide to Nostell Priory here.

16.
Kedleston Hall
Kedleston Hall
Kedleston Hall is another showplace for the architect Robert Adam. It was a major film location for The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley.


17.
Hatchlands
Hatchlands
I visited Hatchlands on one of the hottest days of the year! It was the home of one of the bluestockings, Fanny Boscawen. Sadly her husband, Admiral Boscawen, died just two years after it was completed.

18.
Lyme Park
Lyme Park
I have wanted to visit Lyme Park again for a long time and finally got my chance this autumn when we were staying in Derbyshire. The exterior of Lyme Park represented Pemberley in the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. The view above awed Lizzy Bennet and I have to say that I can see why!

19.
The Vyne
The Vyne
Unfortunately this was the best photo of The Vyne that I could get as the outside was covered with scaffolding when I visited!

20.
Polesden Lacey
Polesden Lacey
The Polesden Lacey estate was once leased by playwright and MP Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Mr and Mrs Greville transformed the house into an Edwardian showpiece where they entertained royalty. Read more about Polesden Lacey in my Regency History guide here.

All photographs © Andrew Knowles - www.flickr.com/photos/dragontomato

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