NZ1265 : Pond in Ravens Dean, Close House

taken 2 years ago, near to Wylam, Northumberland, Great Britain

Pond in Ravens Dean, Close House
Pond in Ravens Dean, Close House
Wood Anemones (below) living up to their alternative name of Windflowers as the white flowers on their thin stems blow easily in any breeze NZ1265 : Wood Anemones (Anemone nemorosa), Tyne Riverside. Anemone is Greek for Daughter of the Wind although the species of the legend would have been a related plant. Other vernacular names link the white flowers to girls chemises and smocks, perhaps not so innocent, like Marilin Munroe's white dress blown up by the wind LinkExternal link
Close House

Close House was built in 1779 for the private use of the Bewicke family on the site of an earlier monastic house. The mansion and estate were sold in 1953 and bought for the sum of 13,190 by James Rutherford and Sons who sold it on to Kings College, later the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1960 who had it refurbished in 1994 for 1,000,000.

The University sold the whole Estate to local business man Graham Wylie in 2004 and it reopened as a hotel and golf venue in 2005. LinkExternal link

In March 2014 it was reported that former computing millionaire, Graham Wylie, announced plans to convert Close House Hotel into a private home for his family. He is said to have invested an estimated 50m since buying it from Newcastle University 10 years ago. LinkExternal link
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There is a brief history here LinkExternal link
Description of house: LinkExternal link Archive LinkExternal link
Description of gardens: LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 21 April, 2020   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 21 April, 2020
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Paths  Sport, Leisure  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Country estates  Woodland, Forest 
Primary Subject of Photo
Pond 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1255 6596 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:59.2846N 1:48.3244W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 12533 65950
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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