SU4458 : Highclere Castle

taken 14 years ago, near to Whitway, Hampshire, Great Britain

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Highclere Castle
Highclere Castle
During the 1840s the pre-eminent Victorian architect Sir Charles Barry was commissioned by the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon to completely transform the original Georgian house that stood here. Barry was successful in creating the magnificent pinnacled mansion we see today with its soaring off-centre tower and corner turrets, its resemblance to the Palace of Westminster (Barry's most famous design), is no coincidence. The work here of 1839-42 ran in tandem with that of the Houses of Parliament, whose rebuilding had commenced in 1840. The Castle is Grade I Listed.

Highclere Castle is the ancestral home of the Earls of Carnarvon, the most famous of whom perhaps was the 5th Earl, who in 1922 along with Howard Carter, discovered the tomb of the Egyptian boy king - Tutankhamun.

In more recent times Highclere has featured as the filming location for the phenomenally successful television drama Downton Abbey.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 30 July, 2008   (more nearby)
Friday, 1 August, 2008
Stately home   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 446 587 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:19.5881N 1:21.6778W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 446 587
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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