Burton Constable

I spent an enjoyable day at this interesting house set in lovely grounds designed by Capability Brown. 
 The bridge, designed by Capability Brown, divides the two sides of the lake which is used for fishing and non-motorised boats of the caravan site situated on the opposite bank

The Constable family have lived here since medieval times although it is now owned by the Burton Constable Foundation.  It seems as though nothing was ever discarded throughout the centuries, so there were fascinating artefacts in the very many rooms.  The volunteer guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable and the numerous paintings were well catalogued.
The extensive grounds made walking pleasant and the fine weather allowed us to picnic amongst the daffodils.
 The skeleton of a sperm whale found at the nearby coast in 1825 and appears in the novel Moby Dick
 The Orangery

 An archery contest

Didn't expect this in the Catholic chapel


  1. This looks and sounds a place well worth visiting. Must check how far it is from Ripon, maybe something we can do during our summer holiday.
    Unusual indeed to see an inscription of God's name in a Catholic chapel.

    1. It's near the East coast of Yorkshire (Hornsea/Hull area).

  2. Snap - sort of! I've been visiting some Capability Brown landscapes recently.

  3. It's not my preferred style of gardening but he certainly had the vision to create a stunning outlook from a stately house on formerly farmland. Although he didn't invent the haha he used it to great effect. Listen to us - we would make great guides!


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