Eastnor Castle is a huge pile of towers, which could be a Norman and Gothic castle; but Eastnor is a mock castle dating only from the beginning of the 19th century.
|Eastnor Castle - aerial view|
It was founded by the 1st Earl of Somers as his stately home and continues to be inhabited by his descendants. This year celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Castle, whose location is amongst the dramatic setting of the Malvern Hills.
|Eastnor Castle circa 1880|
The Earl instructed Sir Robert Smirke to build the castle probably to demonstrate the antiquity of the owner’s lineage!
This may have been one of Smirke’s earlier works, but he was to go on and prove his architectural prowess with the building of the main block and facade of the British Museum – with its great Ionic colonnades.
At Eastnor the central room is the great hall, sixty feet high, while another room was decorated by Pugin in mid-19th century Gothic style.
Pugin is best remembered for the interior design of the “Big Ben” clock tower of the Palace of Westminster.
Cleaning the Great Hall (17m) sixty feet high - per Eastnor Castle's blog
The setting of the house is on land purchased by Earl Somers, which over the years was added to through propitious marriages – providing the wherewithal to design and build the lookalike medieval castle guarding the Welsh borders.
|Rope Walk Bridge|
c/o Eastnor's blog
Oscar Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost” was filmed at Eastnor in 1986, and has offered many other backdrops for films, music events and tv.
The grounds are the location of the Land Rover vehicle test track, with the off-road circuits providing some of the most challenging all-terrain driving experiences in the UK.
Eastnor, despite being a family home, is also open for weddings, corporate entertainment, all set within the beautiful deer park, arboretum and lake.
|A sumptious bedroom at Eastnor|
That is E for Eastnor Castle – the mock castellated mansion built between 1812 – 1820, which has magnificent collections of armour, tapestries and paintings, set amongst wonderful grounds ... part of the ABC series Aspects of British Castles
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