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A Very Private Place
Narford Hall in Norfolk looks as though it would be interesting to visit. Although it's part of Britain's heritage it's a bit that you're never likely to see close up. This is the domain of the Fountaine family; it's never open to the public and very few get to look inside. Even the architectural historian, Nikolaus Pevsner, couldn't gain access to complete his great work on British architecture. The most famous inhabitant in recent years was Andrew Fountaine whose extreme right-wing politics endeared him to few outside of a small band of like-minded fanatics - and he eventually managed to fall out with them too. In later life he contented himself with planting trees on his estate.
The few who have been inside report that it's not that grand, much of the furnishings having been sold off over the years.
I spent much of my youth (and a good part of my adult life, if truth be told) in places like this. But in this digital age they are rapidly disappearing from our city streets. This one is in King's Lynn and there will be those who say that they're always a bit behind the times up there! But just check out some of these for a bit of nostalgia...
A Little Colour
Regular readers of this blog will know that I love medieval church paintings and wish that our churches retained more of this ancient tradition. So I was pleased, and not a little surprised, to find this modern embellishment on the screen in Bassingbourn church. I'm not quite sure about the colour-scheme but I welcome the general idea.
In Hatfield House there is displayed this remarkable scroll. It was completed in the time of Elizabeth l and purportedly traces her lineage back to Adam and Eve and therefore, it is said, establishes her right to reign (though my logic suggests that it merely establishes that she was a human being!) In the roundel in the centre of the picture can be seen William the Conqueror mounted on his steed.
Anyone For Tennis?
The latest addition to the public amenities in a park in Cambridge is this table-tennis table, free for anyone to use - just bring bats and balls. The park in question goes by the name of Christ's Pieces, which intrigues visitors, including the writer Bill Bryson. But to long-time residents of Cambridge it merely means the pieces of land belonging to Christ's College.