SK5453 : Newstead Abbey - 2

taken 8 years ago, near to Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Newstead Abbey - 2
Newstead Abbey - 2
Looking across the large lawn to the south elevation. The ivy-covered stump on the lawn is the Byron Oak, planted by the poet in 1798. The house has had several owners since the Byron family took it over in 1540. Thomas Wildman bought it in 1818. Wildman had inherited a fortune from plantations owned by his family in Jamaica and spent much money restoring Newstead, which was in a very poor state when he bought it. Like the Byrons before him, Wildman preserved the medieval style of the house. He employed the architect John Shaw to carry out alterations which blend well with the oldest parts of the building. In 1861 William Frederick Webb, African explorer and friend of Dr David Livingstone, purchased the Abbey from Thomas Wildman's widow. He redecorated the chapel but the rest of the house remained largely unaltered. After Mr Webb died in 1899, the estate passed to each of his surviving children and finally to his grandson Charles Ian Fraser, who sold Newstead to the Nottinghamshire philanthropist Sir Julien Cahn, who presented it to Nottingham Corporation in 1931.
SK5453 : Newstead Abbey - 1
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Date Taken
Saturday, 7 November, 2009   (more nearby)
Thursday, 14 January, 2010
Religious buildings > Abbey   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 542 537 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:4.6887N 1:11.5429W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 542 536
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