Friday, 4 November 2016

Five on Friday - Killerton

Hello

Thank you for visiting. Hasn't the week flown by again! As it's Friday we're linking up with Amy to find out what everyone else has been up to. 

This week I'm going to share our visit to Killerton Park and Gardens, a National Trust property not far from Exeter.

One - The Chapel

Heading up the hill in the fog, the purple stoned chapel appeared monumentally in the distance as the sun finally broke through.



Inside the pews face each other unusually and the stained glass  shines out.




Two - The Quarry

Continuing to follow the path, you arrive at a quarry.  This is the site of an extinct volcano, active 285 million years ago, which contains Permian basalt-like rocks including lamprophyres which are considered to be lava flows and are harder than the red sandstone, creating the hill. The rock has been quarried to make the chapel and used for other building projects on the land.  It was great to look around the base of the quarry to see all the fungi and seeds heads.



Three - The Clump

Carrying on to the top of the hill called The Clump, you can see the wonderful views over the countryside below.  This was the site of Dolbury Iron Age Hillfort dated to 600 BC. The trees were planted later but it still looks impressive and you can see why they would build it so high up on the hill.


We spent a good couple of hours exploring the grounds before we even saw the house!

Four - The House

Owned by the Acland family, the 18th Century house was built in 6,400 acres as a temporary house whilst a grander one was going to be built. This fell through and the temporary one is the house you see today. It's the sort of place you could live in, spacious and comfortable. The top floor has been taken over by a fashion exhibition.





Five - The Laundry

The laundry building was in the grounds, a couple of rooms displaying all the mod cons of the time!


The gardens are superb and I'll show you a few photos tomorrow.

Have a good week.

Cheerio






32 comments:

  1. What a great five, I loved seeing it all but the stained glass windows were a real delight.

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    1. They were particularly colourful in the large chapel, a great feature.

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  2. It is a beautiful house. Last time I visited I particularly remember the dress exhibition. I seem to remember they had one of queen Victoria's. It made you realise how short she was. Have a lovely weekend. B x

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    1. They had a rainbow of different dresses from all eras upstairs, all so colourful but difficult to photograph. x

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  3. Love stained glass and these were lovely. I've not ever been here so thanks for the share Karen x

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    1. You might be able to sail up the River Exe or the canal nearby and enjoy a visit one day.x

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  4. Gorgeous place. It's a long way from here so I'm never likely to see it in person - thanks for sharing it.

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    1. There are some beautiful places around and luckily the NT and EH people have them all over the country to tempt us!

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  5. That house looks spectacular with the red climber and with its architecture!

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    1. It must look even better when the roses are out, such a shame they might have to cut it all down to paint the house.

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  6. It looks wonderful and so much history within the grounds too with the chapel, quarry and hill fort. The house looks lovely and not overly ornate. It was great to see it from your photos:)

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    1. Although the house was comfy and spacious, it didn't have a lot of particular features. I did like the stripy canopies on the outside, they looked fun in the sun. :-)

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  7. This looks like a nice place to visit. My own laundry is going to look a bit like the one in Killerton Park.... (building works). Have a lovely weekend. x

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    1. The laundry was quite impressive, you could imagine everyone busying away with the mangles etc getting the clothes spick and span. I hope you have a washing machine in your laundry!

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  8. Excuse me while I go hug and kiss my washer and dryer.

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    1. Ha ha I'm with you there! I'd hate to go back to mangles.

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  9. Beautiful pictures. I love National Trust properties. Such a great way to preserve great buildings and history that would otherwise be lost. Those windows are just gorgeous.

    Happy Five on Friday!

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    1. We are so lucky to be able to enjoy the properties and help pay for their upkeep for future generations. Always a treat to visit one.

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  10. I love Killerton and was there at the start of October. I loved how you could spend time in the Library actually reading the books. Lovely photos of a fab place - have a great weekend.

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    1. Thañks Stephanie. We were surprised how much there was to see, a surprise round every corner.

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  11. Your 'fives' are always full of interesting places and my list of places I want to visit is growing ever longer inspired by your posts. I have never been to Killerton but I am going to try and visit when we are in that part of the world next summer. xx

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    1. That's very kind Jan, thank you. We are spoilt for choice with all these gorgeous places around in this country. x

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  12. I always enjoy seeing where the servants worked and lived, that's where my family would have been.

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    1. I think most of us would have been in the same position. It was a hard life and it's always interesting to hear about their lives.

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  13. Love that chapel and the windows! What a nice property to visit. Hope your weekend is going well.

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    1. The windows were so colourful. The chapel was surprisingly big considering it was in the grounds.

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  14. That living room is stunning! I could imagine myself sitting in there and writing. Beautiful x

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    1. I should have stood by the window and taken the photo the other way as well!

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  15. Enjoyed the outside area very much. Especially the clump. Being across the pond from you I don't know much about the area, but seeing historical places is always appreciated.

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    1. I feel the same about seeing your neck of the woods, that's why blogging is such fun.

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  16. What a famous place, thanks for sharing your walk.
    Greetings from Germany

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