Frozen in time

by Helen Hooker September. 12, 2016 1574 views

Once again I found myself crossing the country to Gloucestershire today so I took the opportunity to explore an intriguing place called Lyveden New Bield in Northamptonshire.  This half built Tudor lodge was commissioned by Sir Thomas Tresham in 1594 as a companion to the manor house at Lyveden, set in its extensive grounds.  This 'new build' was designed to be part of a grand scheme to create a whole landscape and was carefully designed to reflect Tresham's devout Catholicism, with precise symmetry and religious symbols carved into the stonework.  However, Tresham's son Francis was involved in Guy Fawke's  Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament.  His arrest threw the family into financial difficulties and on Thomas Tresham's death in 1605 all building work ceased.  Since then Lyveden has remained frozen in time, a mere hint of what would no doubt have been a magnificent architectural tour de force.  In recent years the National Trust have done a lot of work to restore the landscaping that had already taken place around the Lodge so it is now possible to see the many vistas at which Tresham intended his guests to marvel.

26 August 2016

Looking up through one of the towers to the sky

There is 18th and 19th century graffiti carved into many of the walls

The kitchen is home to an enormous fireplace

Behind the fireplace there are several ovens for preparing food

I had a little fisheye fun from the first floor landing!

Some of the ornamental carvings on Lyveden's exterior, all of them related to Tresham's Catholicism

Some of the landscaping around Lyveden, carefully planned by Tresham and recently restored by the National Trust

One of the vistas looking towards the lodge


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Olga Helys 4 years, 9 months ago

wooooooooooooooow
MAJESTIC
Like it so much!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Olga Helys 4 years, 9 months ago

thank you so much Olga!

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Becky Brannon 4 years, 9 months ago

beautiful set, I feel like I am there! Especially like that last one!

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker Replied to Becky Brannon 4 years, 9 months ago

Thank you so much! I expected to spend about an hour here and ended I'll staying for three - it really is a magical place.

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 9 months ago

Fascinating tour! Spot-on camera work!
"Best laid plans.......' right?

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 9 months ago

Too right! I spent much longer here than I expected - for an unfinished building there was so much to photograph!

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Helen Hooker 4 years, 9 months ago

When the "hunt" is on, it's hard to quit before you're satisfied....right???
I know the feeling....

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Dzmitry Samakhvalau 4 years, 9 months ago

very interesting

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker Replied to Dzmitry Samakhvalau 4 years, 9 months ago

Thank you Dzmitry!

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
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