TQ1572 : Strawberry Hill, east elevation

taken 7 years ago, near to Twickenham, Richmond Upon Thames, Great Britain

Strawberry Hill, east elevation
Strawberry Hill, east elevation
Strawberry Hill was the brainchild of Horace Walpole, generally reckoned to be the single most influential figure in the 18th century Gothic revival. Walpole acquired a smaller property on this site in 1747, and over a period of about 30 years employed a succession of architects to perform a fantastical transformation. At the time Walpole's creation must have seemed pretty outrageous, challenging (as it did) the convention that the design of grand houses should be inspired by Classical antiquity LinkExternal link LinkExternal link

Details for the interior were borrowed from all manner of medieval sources, with little regard for their original purpose. For instance, the design of a tomb in Canterbury Cathedral was cribbed for a fire-place. Professor Pevsner's verdict: 'Even with its exact copies here and there the whole of Strawberry Hill remains make-believe.' (See Pevsner's 'The Buildings of England: Middlesex').

Not content with setting a trend in architecture, Walpole's taste for what he called 'gloomth' led him to write 'The Castle of Otranto', generally recognised to be the first Gothick novel.
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Date Taken
Friday, 27 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Monday, 30 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Public buildings and spaces  Suburb, Urban fringe  Country estates 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1586 7233 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:26.2877N 0:20.0698W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1590 7235
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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