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A Visit to Lytes Cary

Easter Monday we decided to take a day off and visit a local National Trust property. Lytes Cary is a 14th Century manor house in Charlton Mackrell, Somerset. It's great that the NT have decided to allow photography in their houses now.

The first room, as with all medieval houses is the Great Hall, a beautiful room with heraldic stained glass...

..a gallery and a beautiful vaulted roof...

...complete with angels.

one of pair of tulip vases - a great sign of oppulance in the 17th century.

Now that's what I call a Wassail Bowl!

The Parlour - the leather manequins beside the fireplace were apparently brought to the table if there were 13 guests for dinner, to repel bad luck.

The Grand Chamber, the ceiling in here has beautiful plasterwork.

This bed was once owned by William Pitt the Elder, but no one was sure if he'd ever actually slept in it... :-)

Back down the spiral stairs, and back through the Great Hall to the Chapel...

noticing this rather lovely pair of Arts and Crafts Owls on the way...

The view from the front door, towards the Dove Cote.

The Chapel has some beautiful stained glass, although this is an early 20th century copy of medieval glass

While this is the proper 14th century stuff.

Out from the chapel into the gardens, designed in the early 20th century by the Jenner family, who bought and renovated the crumbling house...

The gardens are beautiful, but I'm no gardener, so I'll just leave you to wander for a while...

This wisteria was just amazing

The gardens are arranged as a series of "rooms" - you never know what's around the next corner...

they turn up even in the best tended gardens.....

The orchard was almost like an Impressionist painting...

There's some pretty imprssive topiary too!

We took a wander over to the Dove Cote,

and turned to look back at the house...

before heading back to the car after a very enjoyable day in the 14th and early 20th centuries. Well worth a visit if your down Somerset way :-)

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Date Fri, 06/05/2011 - 21:31

Hi Jacqui

A very interesting photoblog and may I say that, there are not too many photoblogs that come one here when I can say every photo is very very good. The interior shots are superb.  An exceptionally well put together photoblog.  Good narrative and as I have said terrific photographs.


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Date Fri, 06/05/2011 - 21:33

excellent blog Jacqui,the picture quality is great,looks an interesting place to visit,definitely worth the day off,thanks for taking the time to show us Smile



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Date Fri, 06/05/2011 - 21:48

Brilliant Jacqui. A lovely house with great achitecture. Beds looked a bit spooky though wouldn't like to spend the night in one. Then out into the garden. Enjoyed every shot. Going back for another look.


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Date Fri, 06/05/2011 - 22:01

Great quality interior and exterior shots.  Really good photos and the blog is well put together.  Thanks for posting.

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Date Fri, 06/05/2011 - 22:50

Excellent photography, every one, and a wide variety.   Really enjoyable.  I'm now trying see if I can find out what camera you used....

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Date Sat, 07/05/2011 - 01:27

Super blog,thoroughly enjoyable - interesting with great pics!  Thanks for taking the trouble to post.

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Date Sat, 07/05/2011 - 04:15

What a lovely blog; and what a lovely place to spend a spring afternoon.  Thanks for posting it--I particularly admired the flower portraits, but was also impressed by how perfectly exposed your interior shots are.


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Date Sat, 07/05/2011 - 05:14

Fabulous photography and it fair took me back. Got to the 'Dove Cote' snap and realised that I'd been there. Just beautiful. Cheers for your effort here...

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Date Sat, 07/05/2011 - 07:12


Thank you all for the lovely comments  Smile

Jacquie - I shoot with a Pentax K20D (sorry Fuji!) - there was a mixture of the kit 18-55mm lens, the kit 50-200mm lens and a 135mm 2.8 prime (very old and manual only Smile, but very cheap off of e-bay!)

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Date Sat, 07/05/2011 - 07:44

It's been a while since I visited NT properties, your wonderful Blog, photos, and narrative reminded me of just how good they are. Nice work, I love it, such a variety. thanks for sharing.

Best Wishes / Albert
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Date Sat, 07/05/2011 - 08:15

What a beautiful house and glorious gardens superbly presented with your great photos.

Well done and thanks for sharing this with us.


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Date Sat, 07/05/2011 - 08:38

I had no idea that taking photographs was now allowed.  When did that happen then? 

As a National Trust member, I have always tried to sneak a few, with no luck!

Splendid blog Jacqui, lots of good photographs.

Well done.

Jen xx

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Date Sat, 07/05/2011 - 08:54


The Trust started allowing photogaphs in their properties last year, as a  trial, but it seems to have become fairly standard. Not sure if it's allowed in all properties though, and it's strictly no flash and no tripods/monopods, which can be quite difficult given the low lighting in a lot of properties. It's good news for all of us though Smile

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Date Sat, 07/05/2011 - 09:41

thanks for the trip.niceone


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Date Sat, 07/05/2011 - 14:18

Lovely images Jacqui, I wonder if the NTS for Scotland have started allowing photographs to be taken inside the properties I will have to make enquiries and start using my membership more.


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Date Sat, 07/05/2011 - 20:12

Very enjoyable blog, of places I had never even heard of. See you can learn so much in just one blog. Excellent. Thank you.

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Date Wed, 01/06/2011 - 20:09

A fantastic blog Jacqui. Steve's hit the nail on the head, not one poor quality image, which made it a pleasure to look through.

My wife (Jacqui) and I have just come back from a week in Devon (just, Uplyme) and we visited six NT sites during the week (which more than paid for our membership fee), all of which allowed indoor photography but without flash.



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