SE4017 : Druids Bridge and Lower Lake, Nostell Priory

taken 4 years ago, near to Wragby, Wakefield, Great Britain

Druids Bridge and Lower Lake, Nostell Priory
Druids Bridge and Lower Lake, Nostell Priory
Druids Bridge at Nostell Priory was built across the narrow head of the lower lake in the sixteenth century. It collapsed into the lake many years ago and has recently been recovered from the silt of the lake bed and restored.
Nostell Priory
Nostell Priory is an elegant 18th-century Palladian mansion set in hundreds of acres of parkland. It takes its name from a 12th century monastery which was surrendered to Henry VIII in 1540. The land passed through several owners until it was bought by the Winn family in 1654, with plans to build a new country house. After the Civil War they supported the monarchy and were rewarded by Charles II with a baronetcy in 1660.

Building the mansion began around 1733. Rowland Winn, the 4th Baronet, hired James Paine to supervise the work and he worked on the house for the next 30 years, using an ornate rococo style. In 1765 Rowland Winn, the 5th Baronet, inherited. He and his Swiss wife Sabine employed Robert Adam to finish the house in the neoclassical style. Adam was commissioned to design additional wings, only one of which was completed, and complete the state rooms. He added a double staircase to the front of the house, and designed buildings on the estate, including the stable block. Thomas Chippendale was commissioned to decorate the interiors and, as a result, Nostell has one of the largest and finest Chippendale collections in the country.

The House, which is a Grade I listed building (English Heritage ID: LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings) was given to the National Trust in 1953.

LinkExternal link Nostell Priory and Parkland (National Trust Visitor Information)
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Date Taken
Friday, 13 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 17 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Country estates 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 4044 1779 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:39.3029N 1:23.3760W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 4046 1781
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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