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Warkworth Castle: Interior [Nov. 1st, 2008|04:56 pm]
Tony Grist
As requested by pondhopper 





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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2008-11-01 05:39 pm (UTC)
What's the bottom photo?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-01 05:46 pm (UTC)
Those are kitchen fire-places- big enough to roast a whole ox.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2008-11-01 06:36 pm (UTC)
That was going to be my next question.
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I love that first picture. What fantastic stone work and the arches and windows are special. Who takes care of the property?

Thanks for posting these, Tony. Looks like my kind of place.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-01 08:44 pm (UTC)
It's in the care of English Heritage.

We met the on-the-spot custodians- a very friendly couple.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2008-11-01 06:36 pm (UTC)
Or two.:) I liked the exterior photos, but I think I like the interior even better.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-01 08:44 pm (UTC)
They knew how to throw a dinner party in the 15th century.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2008-11-01 09:00 pm (UTC)
I really enjoy your photos--I find them deeply satisfying in a strange (for me) way--I haven't been an Anglophile since I got over my Beatles phase in high school.

But there's no way I would have wanted to actually live in the 15th century, fabulous dinner parties or no.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-01 09:41 pm (UTC)
The 15th is one of my favourite centuries. I don't altogether know why. Maybe it's got something to do with Shakespeare's history plays.

I'm glad you like the photos.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2008-11-01 09:53 pm (UTC)
I'd like to visit the 15th century in a bubble, and go home at the end of the day.

There's something real about the 15th century English art and architecture you photograph. Unfiltered. Authentic. Not dressed up.(A lot of French architecture is overdressed.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-01 10:46 pm (UTC)
I'd want to take my toothbrush and various other modern amenities if I were visiting.

That's an interesting point you make. English castles of the period are certainly more "homely" than the average French chateau- maybe because we were further from the epicentre of the Renaissance. Scottish architecture is heavily indebted to the French- see my pictures of Falkland palace- but somehow manages to take the French forms and make them into something craggy and northern. Falkland Palace is a fairly tame example of Scottish renaissance architecture- probably because it's the earliest- but later examples of the style can be truly monstrous.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2008-11-02 12:43 am (UTC)
I'll have to look at your Falkland photos again--I don't remember any French influence.

"Scottish renaissance" sounds like an oxymoron to me, but I am clearly pig-ignorant of that part of the world.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-02 10:58 am (UTC)
The Scots and the French were allies (against the damn English of course) and the Stuart kings were very much at home in the French court. Mary Queen of Scots grew up at the French court and was more French than Scots. Falkland Palace is touted as the earliest Renaissance building in Scotland (perhaps in the whole of Britain) and French masons were imported to build it.
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