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This is a stately home near London that is now used as a college. It's on the site of a former monastery.


anne - Feb 18, 2008 10:21 AM EDT
How wonderful to be able to go to all these places and experience their beauty and FEEL the past! There is a majestic beauty about it that surely influences the minds of the students. It was great to hear the story of it also. A wonderful way to start the day.
Guest - Apr 03, 2007 07:39 AM EDT
Thanks Mike (again!), Golda, Beverly and Alandra for your kind comments. Yes, Alandra, I know what you mean! :)
Guest - Mar 29, 2007 07:58 PM EDT
very pleasing image to view, Steve, and in agreement with all the other comments. Am trying to catch up with my commenting here, am sorry I haven't left any for so long, can't keep up :)
Guest - Mar 01, 2007 08:10 AM EDT
What a beautiful older building - Nice image of it.
Guest - Feb 27, 2007 12:32 PM EDT
Steve this is a wonderful shot,and a interesting building. Heh Grumpy,clearly you are wasting your talents.All kidding aside,great history lesson!!!!
Guest - Jan 29, 2007 05:22 PM EDT
sorry steve hope this helps you lol and to think i sell fireplaces eh
Guest - Jan 29, 2007 05:18 PM EDT
Mike - that's my boy! Brilliant!
Guest - Jan 29, 2007 04:12 PM EDT
steve as hard as it may be i am trying to keep away from useless info but as you asked he history of Ashridge dates back over seven hundred years, to the time when the monastic order of the College of Bonhommes was founded at Assherugge, as it was then known, by Edmund, Earl of Cornwall (and nephew of King Henry III), in honour of a holy relic he had acquired while campaigning in Europe. The College was later re-endowed by Edward the Black Prince and flourished as a seat of learning and debate until the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1539. Henry VIII bequeathed Ashridge to the infant Princess Elizabeth, who lived there for eight years with her half sister and brother and was eventually arrested there by Mary in 1554. On Elizabeth’s death (in 1604) her Lord Chancellor, Thomas Egerton, bought the estate and an earldom (becoming the Earl of Bridgewater). The fourth Earl (called ‘Scroop’) became the first Duke of Bridgewater and his youngest son became known as the Canal Duke after developing waterways for industrial transport. The new riches the canals brought allowed for the construction of the present building from 1808 to 1825, designed in the gothic revival style by architect James Wyatt. The gardens were designed by Humphry Repton. sorry
Guest - Jan 29, 2007 01:54 PM EDT
Thanks Mike. I was hoping for some historical information from you on this one! :)
Guest - Jan 29, 2007 10:35 AM EDT
steve you know the x files link thing you me middlesbrough etc type in ashbridge in images and the second one in ! how for the compostion truley wonderfull i like the touch of the autum colours in the ivy just breaks the colours x
Guest - Jan 28, 2007 06:21 PM EDT
Many thanks Lorraine, Don, Carol and Alex. Yes, this is a beautiful building, and I think you've got it about right Carol, if you you wanted to buy it!
Guest - Jan 28, 2007 06:01 PM EDT
WOW!! what a nice shot,beautiful architecture.
Guest - Jan 28, 2007 05:57 PM EDT
Gorgeous building. I remember the Beverly Hillbillys you would need to strike Oil to afford to buy that im sure.LOL Great photo Steve. Carol
Guest - Jan 28, 2007 05:34 PM EDT
Great shot Steve. Very nice composition! That place looks exactly like the one the Beverly Hillbillys were going to buy when they went to England. Does anyone remember that one? Cool, Don
Guest - Jan 28, 2007 05:01 PM EDT
Looks huge, and a very interesting place, great shot.

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