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Belton House - Part 1 2/5

To one side of the house is a very attractive courtyard with these lovely gates leading in to it and a beautiful bell tower over an archway leading out to a small avenue of trees near the stable block.

 

For three hundred years, Belton House was the seat of the Brownlow and Cust family, who had first acquired land in the area in the late 16th century.  Between 1685 and 1688 Sir John Brownlow and his wife had the present mansion built.  Despite great wealth they chose to build a modest country house rather than a grand contemporary Baroque palace. The contemporary, if provincial, Carolean style was the selected choice of design. However, the new house was fitted with the latest innovations such as sash windows for the principal rooms, and more importantly completely separate areas for the staff.

Belton House - Part 1 2/5

To one side of the house is a very attractive courtyard with these lovely gates leading in to it and a beautiful bell tower over an archway leading out to a small avenue of trees near the stable block.

 

For three hundred years, Belton House was the seat of the Brownlow and Cust family, who had first acquired land in the area in the late 16th century.  Between 1685 and 1688 Sir John Brownlow and his wife had the present mansion built.  Despite great wealth they chose to build a modest country house rather than a grand contemporary Baroque palace. The contemporary, if provincial, Carolean style was the selected choice of design. However, the new house was fitted with the latest innovations such as sash windows for the principal rooms, and more importantly completely separate areas for the staff.

comments (18)

lovely day and crisp image. a fine place too
Brian Walbey: It was a lovely day Ayush and a lovely place, I hope you get to look in at the rest of the series, it is quite a long one.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Jun 2011, 00:38
Love the exposed mechanics of the bell-tower, Brian.
Brian Walbey: I hadn't noticed that bit of the picture Ray, good to see how things work.
Great pic! What a place! Thanks for the history lesson on the place- makes it more "alive"!
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed, thanks Elizabeth. More pictures and history to come, this is a long series.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 14 Jun 2011, 08:00
Terrific capture. Glad to see they only built a modest house. My idea of modest and theirs does not match but I can see that it is modest for the very rich who liked to display their wealth in those days.
Brian Walbey: In reality of course, however lovely these places are, it was quite vulgar to spend all this money on oneself when the poor were really living in abject poverty in those days, and no, I'm not a Communist!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Jun 2011, 08:14
This is relatively modest (in the scale of things) but charming. Thank heaven they didn't go mad & build in the uber grand style of those with endless wealth
Brian Walbey: Yes the house is as you saw yesterday and these outer blocks, stables, etc.are attractive but modest as you and Aussie have said Chris.
Some fine ironwork leading into the courtyard Brian
Brian Walbey: I thought that Bill, I took several pictures of it.
A very handsome building indeed, Brain.
Brian Walbey: It certainly is Tom.
the open gate is so inviting
Brian Walbey: Yes I felt that, through the gate and then into the archway leading to who knows where, thanks Chantal.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Jun 2011, 12:22
Loads of interest in this, Brian. Why cannot today's architecture be of such charm and appeal?
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Alan, I think you might like the rest of this lengthy series as well, it is a lovely place to go.
Alan id so tight, modern architecture just cannot hold a candle to these great old buildings. A grand looking place Brian.
Brian Walbey: It is a really good place to visit Les, the inside, which I will be showing later on, is quite spectacular in places.
Nice shot Brian,wouldn't want to paint the gates and railings though.
Brian Walbey: No nor would I Frank, but they do look good don't they.
The bell tower looks quite a size against the house and surroundings, its very lovely smile
Brian Walbey: There are several buildings with bell towers around this property, this one does seem a bit out of scale.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Jun 2011, 19:21
That is a wonderful iron fence, a piece of art.
Great angle and love the inviting route to start the tour...
I will follow in your steps smile
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Astrid and through the arch is a courtyard lined with trees that has a feeling of France to it. Thanks for finding time on your busy schedule for looking in.
I feel this is going to be a good series, Brian smile
Brian Walbey: I hope so Pamela, thanks very much.
Goody!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth.
A very charming entrance to this country home, Brian. Really like how they were able to match the driveway to the colour of the stonework.
Brian Walbey: Yes that aspect works very well Beverly. This is quite an impressive place.
Nicely composed with good colour.
Brian Walbey: Thanks John.
I missed visiting for a few days Brian....Internet problems....i have looked over most of your photos of Belton House and this is my favorite...i like all of the different shapes and curves in this part of the house....great composition....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter, I'm glad your machine is up and working again.

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