We continued our holiday from home today, with a jaunt to Sevenoaks in Kent. Our destination, Knole, started its life as a palace for the Archbishop of Canterbury, before being used by royalty during the Tudor period. Ultimately, in 1603, the Sackville family took possession of Knole and it remains their family home to the present day. The National Trust took over care and maintenance of the formal show rooms in 1946, ensuring the building’s preservation for future generations.
Knole is a huge, rambling house, containing hundreds of room. Some of these are open to the public but sadly the Sackville family won’t allow photography inside. Instead I contented myself with capturing some of the external views of this magnificent structure. I did sneak one picture inside, in the tower rooms which were once the personal quarters of Edward Sackville-West. He was a talented musician and I found these notes among the peeling paint in one of the small ante-rooms. Astonishingly he had a baby grand piano in his tower flat, although we couldn’t figure out how on earth they got it up there when the only access is a tight, winding spiral staircase!
The views from the roof of Edward’s apartment were are wonderful, taking in vistas across the 1000 acres of hunting park. I love the stolen glimpses of the chimneys and rooftops too – an area rarely seen by anyone other than the local birdlife.
14 August 2018