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Minster Lovell Hall


Steve1962

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I took a detour on the way to work this morning , to revisit Minster Lovell Hall ............

 

Some photos of the village street ..........

 

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Thatched properties line the road .........

 

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Looking back down the road from the top end .........

 

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Nice local architecture ..........

 

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Now on to Minster Lovell Hall .......... some information first .....

 

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The great house is behing the church ..........

 

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Some photos of the remains ..you will see from these that the early morning light was variable ......... all the same , it is a lovely place in a nice setting , and in it's day must have been very impressive ..........

 

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When the sun came out ........ it was nicer still .........

 

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The landscape looks so nice in the warm morning sun ........

 

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Time waits for no man , and I have to leave ..........so here are a few parting shots from the lane leading away from the site ..........

 

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Steve

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Francois_Dumas

Lovely village, nice ruins (pity they ARE ruins) and some wonderful photos Steve.

 

The only 'detours to work' I can make are via the sliding garden doors or via the kitchen..... working from home DOES have some (ever so slight) drawbacks after all..... grin.gifgrin.gif

 

Hmmm... have you tried this series on a dial-up modem? dopeslap.gif

 

Francois

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Francois,

 

The money you save on commuting costs ............. can you put it towards riding trips ??

At least you don't have traffic to contend with .

 

Steve

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Some more historical information ..........

 

The history of Minster Lovell Hall is one of legend and mystery.

 

 

 

The house dates from 1435 and was built by the seventh Lord Lovell, on the site of an earlier building. The lands had belonged to the Lovell family since the 12th century. However it is the fate of Francis, the ninth and last Baron Lovell, that gives rise to the mystery and legend of Minster Lovell Hall.

 

After the death of his father, who fought in the Wars of the Roses on the side of the House of Lancaster, Francis Lovell was brought up not as a Lancastrian but as a Yorkist and was created Viscount Lovell by Richard III. After fighting with Richard III at the battle of Bosworth, at which the king was killed, Francis fled, returning two years later to take part in the Lambert Simnel rebellion. After this no-one is certain what became of him.

 

However it is said that in the early 18th century, during building work at the Hall, an underground room or vault was discovered. In this room was found a skeleton, sitting upright at a table, surrounded by books, paper and pens. Was this the ninth Lord Lovell? Perhaps we will never know as no underground room has ever been found since.

 

Francis Lovell was declared guilty of treason after the Battle of Bosworth and his lands reverted to the Crown. The Manor was bought by Sir Thomas Coke in 1602 and in the mid 18th century Thomas Coke, Earl of Leicester, dismantled the house.

 

The ruins of the Hall are quite extensive. Original plaster work is still visible on many of the walls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

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BereIsland

Steve,

 

I wonder what other peoples photos would be like on their trips to work, can't believe they could be as good as yours

 

Steve Carter

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