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Groombridge Place [Sep. 2nd, 2016|09:53 am]
Tony Grist

An earlier house on the site was one of many places the poet Charles d'Orleans was lodged during a long imprisonment in England after his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. Charles wrote one of my favourite lyrics of any time or any language- "Le temps a laisse son manteau."

The present house dates from the 1660s and tradition says- as it says of many buildings of the period- that Christopher Wren had a hand in the design. Arthur Conan Doyle was a frequent visitor in the days of his fame- when he was living just down the road in Crowborough- and used it- disguised as Birlstone Manor- as the venue for the shotgun killing in The Valley of Fear.

The house is a private residence- and so not open to the public- but the gardens can be visited- at a price- and are very pretty.

Twice a day- every day bar Fridays- Eddie and Veronica Hare of the Groombridge Raptor Centre fly their birds in the grounds. Here's Veronica with Maleficent the African Fish Eagle.


[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2016-09-02 02:58 pm (UTC)
That is indeed very pretty. And I love water around te very foundation of a building though I tend to consider the humidity factor inside when I see it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-02 04:21 pm (UTC)
The moat features prominently in the Sherlock Holmes story.
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