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    gorgeous pictures lozzy.


    isn't it beautiful there, i think it must have been last October we were there with the Autumnal colours.




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    Great pictures! Love the insect one and the one with the castle (where it looks all gloomy).

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    Great photo's

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    Great photos Laura.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mumof2, post: 153212
    gorgeous pictures lozzy.


    isn't it beautiful there, i think it must have been last October we were there with the Autumnal colours.
    I remember you going there, I said to the boys we will go back later in the year to see the autumnal colours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foreverducky, post: 153213
    Great pictures! Love the insect one and the one with the castle (where it looks all gloomy).
    That castle believe it or not is a manor house. I had the ISO set to lower on my camera which meant the light didn't get though causing the gloomy look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lozzy, post: 153328
    I remember you going there, I said to the boys we will go back later in the year to see the autumnal colours.

    and i should go at this time of year to see the difference! i just remembered the tea rooms we stopped at on the way home, can't think of the name right now




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    History about Sheffield park garderns for anyone how would like to know.

    Sheffield Park Garden is noted as an 18th century landscape overlaid with 20th century planting. It is considered a bold composition predominantly of trees and large shrubs planted en masse to create vistas that enhance the scale and grandeur of the property.
    Sheffield (meaning sheep clearing) Park is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. In August 1538 Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk entertained Henry VIII here. By 1700 the Deer Park had been partially formalised by Lord De La Warr who planted avenues of trees radiating from the house and cleared areas to establish lawns. In 1796 it was sold to John Holroyd, created Baron Sheffield in 1781.
    James Wyatt was called in to remodel the house in the fashionable 'Gothic' style and 'Capability' Brown was commissioned to landscape the garden. He created irregular belts and clumps of trees and cleared informal paths through the woods. Repton followed Brown in 1789/90 he concentrated on the area close to the house, sadly no Red Book exists.
    The third Earl, inherited the estate in 1876. One of his first tasks was to establish a cricket field. The Australian XI opened their tour at Sheffield Park between 1884 and 1896. Lord Sheffield's team included W.G. Grace.
    By 1885 an 'arboretum' was being established consisting of mostly of exotic and native trees including conifers rhododendrons, azaleas and Acers. Arthur Soames purchased the estate in 1910 and continued the massive planting programme, much of which still exists today including North American species, particularly Nyssa, noted for their autumn colour.
    During the Second World War the house and garden became the headquarters for a Canadian armoured division and Nissan huts were sited in the garden and woods. The estate was split up and sold in lots in 1953.
    The National Trust purchased approximately 100 acres in 1954. Further acquisitions have increased this to 200 acres including vital shelter belt woodland outside the formal garden.

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    Wow! A manor house, that's amazing! I would love to visit. Thanks for the history on it. :D

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