Just 2 weeks ago on the last day of our holiday we visited Petworth House and deer Park. It lies nestled next to the village in West Sussex. The park is set in 700 acres.
It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining most of the time .
We had to walk quite a long way through the gardens to get to the entrance to the house. The grounds of the park were landscaped by "Capability" Brown.
Adrian looking at a tree
This tree has very beautiful and interesting bark. An unusual shaped trunk.
Lots of sweet chestnut trees which are laden with fruit. All in amongst the leaves on the ground. Also Cyclamen.
Beautiful Cyclamen under the trees
Chestnuts on the tree
We enjoyed the walk
I have never seen so many sweet chestnut trees, but I think this is a type of Acer.
The sun went in as we approached the house
Sorry this is hazy, but its the North side of the house.
The painter Turner used the house upstairs to paint pictures
On the way back to the car park
Originally there was a fortified house on the land in the medieval period. The chapel is the oldest part of the house. the house itself was built in the late 17th Century by the 6th Duke of somerset.
I did not take any photos in the house as there are many famous paintings by Turner, Blake, Reynolds and Van Dyck to name but a few. I spotted one by Heironymous Bosch.
There are many splendid pieces of Roman sculpture. One is the 5th Century Head of Aphrodite. There are some more recent sculptures too.
The 16th Century Molyneux Globe is amazing.
One of the most exciting things was the Leconfield manuscript by Geoffrey Chaucer(1340-1400) It was very beautifully written.
In January a special exhibition of Constable paintings is at the house.
I hope you can take a look at this link.
If it does not work, search for National Trust UK, Petworth House.
I will add another blog with some more photos of the trees which had incredible trunks later.
If you have any questions, please do ask and I will try and answer them..