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Ightham Mote (pronounced "item moat") is a medieval moated manor house close to the village of Ightham, near Sevenoaks in Kent. The name "mote" derives from "moot", "meeting [place]", rather than referring to the body of water. Ightham Mote and its gardens are owned by the National Trust and open to the public.

Originally dating to around 1320, the building's importance lies in the fact that successive owners effected relatively few changes to the main structure, after the completion of the quadrangle with a new chapel in the 16th century. Nikolaus Pevsner called it "the most complete small medieval manor house in the country"

Highlights on the second floor of the house include the Old Chapel, built above the Crypt, and the New Chapel, built around 1480. This latter is a wonderfully panelled chamber with carved box pews, which also boasts a 16th century Spanish cross. The real treat, however, is above your head; look up, and marvel at the painted 16th century barrel-vaulted ceiling. Here there are Tudor symbols everywhere, including red roses, the Beaufort portcullis, and the castle representing Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Further symbols are a quiver of arrows (also for Catherine of Aragon), the fleur-de-lys of France, and the roses of Lancaster and York.

Thanks for your time, as always your thoughts/comments are very welcome
Regards - Sarah J x

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Title:Ightham's Treasure
Username:Sezz Sezz
Uploaded:6 Dec 2012 - 12:33 PM
Tags:Architecture, Catherine of Aragon, Henry viii, Ightham mote, Kent, Medieaval, Sevenoaks, South east, Tudor
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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 12:47 PM

Never noticed these at Ightham Sarah !! Thank you for showing us this intimate detail and those beautiful historic notes !!!
Ron.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7417 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 1:52 PM

Wonderful!
Moira

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
6 Dec 2012 - 1:54 PM

Lovely, subtle colours.

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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 1:57 PM

What a splendid panel this makes... especially since you've brought it down to eye level.

Eric

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
6 Dec 2012 - 2:30 PM

An excellent photo with a great history lesson combines to make this a special upload SmileGrin

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 2:32 PM

Excellent indeed! Thank you for the clear and detailed information, too.
Bill

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85912 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 2:53 PM

A national treasure indeed

Thanks for sharing Sarah

Adrian

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 4:25 PM

A very fine piece of decorative work, and nicely captured, too, Sarah Smile With that very interesting write-up, you should be working for the Tourist Information Centre! Wink
Trev Smile

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 5:58 PM

This is a brilliant example of the Art work decor in that wonderful old Building Sarah. So much of it has been re-painted, re-styled and re-vamped through the ages. I pointed out to an old Lady who was answering questions from visitors, that a piece of wooden trim around one of the Rooms was infact showing remnants of a full Wall painting, rather than just a colourful design which She thought it to be. (It was pretty obvious to me) Wink

John Smile

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 6:39 PM

Superb capture. Wonderful detail, colour and texture. Top notch Sarah J.

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5184 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 10:10 PM

I like the bleached colours Sarah. Its been a while since i visited Ightam. Must take a trip over there with the camera.
Derek

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2012 - 1:00 AM

Excellent!

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2012 - 12:01 PM

Thanks all for your time and kind comments, always appreciated Smile

Sarah x

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2012 - 3:44 PM

Well worked with this Sarah.

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RockArea
RockArea e2 Member 8RockArea vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2012 - 6:00 PM

A wonderful piece of faded glory and looking all the better for it!

David

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JJGEE
JJGEE  96291 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2012 - 8:04 PM

Caught me out.... I thought you were still in Dover Castle ! !

But Ightham Mote has had recent restoration as well so it has the same theme to it.

You have done rather well here to include as many symbols as possible, but it does need the write up to explain their relevance Smile

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2012 - 10:16 PM

Richard,David & Jeff - thank you very much Smile

Jeff, yes along the same theme - this small section doesn't show off the splendour of the ceiling to its best (I know you've seen it) but I did want to include as many of the symbols as possible, being a favourite period of history for me!

Sarah x

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jujupops
jujupops  4 England
9 Dec 2012 - 2:55 PM

Beautiful Sarah.....and I love the write up Grin
Julie xx

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