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photoblog image Staunton Harold Revisited 4/7

Staunton Harold Revisited 4/7

The Shirley family, the first owners of Staunton Harold, have had a chequered history, with several reversals of fortune. Sir Robert Shirley was an ardent royalist, and built the church here in defiance of Cromwell. He was imprisoned six times, and died in the Tower of London, aged 27. From exile in France the future Charles the Second wrote to his widow, promising redress in better times and, true to his word, restored the family’s fortunes, They became Earls Ferrers under Queen Anne. The Ferrers must have been keen hunting people and this is the two sculptures of hound and stag on the top of the pillars of the Golden Gates looked at from both sides.

Staunton Harold Revisited 4/7

The Shirley family, the first owners of Staunton Harold, have had a chequered history, with several reversals of fortune. Sir Robert Shirley was an ardent royalist, and built the church here in defiance of Cromwell. He was imprisoned six times, and died in the Tower of London, aged 27. From exile in France the future Charles the Second wrote to his widow, promising redress in better times and, true to his word, restored the family’s fortunes, They became Earls Ferrers under Queen Anne. The Ferrers must have been keen hunting people and this is the two sculptures of hound and stag on the top of the pillars of the Golden Gates looked at from both sides.

comments (9)

  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 5 Apr 2018, 02:58
Fascinating stuff, Brian.
Brian Walbey: It is isn't it.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 5 Apr 2018, 06:36
Hunting is in the blood of a large slice of the nobility
Brian Walbey: Yes, I've never actually been able to understand why.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 5 Apr 2018, 08:18
What dreadful times they were Brian, though that could be said of most historical epochs I suppose.
Brian Walbey: Sometimes I think our time isn't all that good, there are awful things going on at the moment, especially in the big cities.
These are fina sculptures
Brian Walbey: Yes I quite like them.
Gruesome history.
Brian Walbey: Sometimes I think our time isn't all that good, there are awful things going on at the moment, especially in our big cities and around the world.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Apr 2018, 17:11
I thought the name Ferrers was family. Lord Ferrs held office in every Conservative administration from 1962 to 1997. I live in a part fo Southampton clued Shirley; I'm sure I should have a similar entranceway as this.
Brian Walbey: The Ferrer family do seem to have had a long history and being involved in the politics of the country for a long while.
If you picked the wrong side you were in big trouble!
Brian Walbey: It seems that way Bill.
Nice to see the detail!
Brian Walbey: I've done this before but on that occasion the shots weren't so good.
I had already noticed them in your previous photo, here they are more eggable as a whole.
Brian Walbey: I thought this gave everybody a chance to see them in much the way I saw them.

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