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Ightham's Treasure

By Sezz    
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

Tags: Kent Architecture Tudor Ightham mote Sevenoaks South east Henry viii Medieaval Catherine of Aragon

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rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
6 Dec 2012 12:47PM
Never noticed these at Ightham Sarah !! Thank you for showing us this intimate detail and those beautiful historic notes !!!

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 1:52PM
6 Dec 2012 1:54PM
Lovely, subtle colours.
BlueRoom Plus
12 73 20 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 1:57PM
What a splendid panel this makes... especially since you've brought it down to eye level.

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
6 Dec 2012 2:30PM
An excellent photo with a great history lesson combines to make this a special upload SmileGrin
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 2:32PM
Excellent indeed! Thank you for the clear and detailed information, too.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 2:53PM
A national treasure indeed

Thanks for sharing Sarah

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
6 Dec 2012 4:25PM
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
6 Dec 2012 5:58PM
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
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 6:39PM
Superb capture. Wonderful detail, colour and texture. Top notch Sarah J.
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 10:10PM
I like the bleached colours Sarah. Its been a while since i visited Ightam. Must take a trip over there with the camera.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
7 Dec 2012 1:00AM
Sezz 13 617 15 England
7 Dec 2012 12:01PM
Thanks all for your time and kind comments, always appreciated Smile

Sarah x
Richsr 11 91 223 England
7 Dec 2012 3:44PM
Well worked with this Sarah.
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 6:00PM
A wonderful piece of faded glory and looking all the better for it!

JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
7 Dec 2012 8:04PM
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
Sezz 13 617 15 England
7 Dec 2012 10:16PM
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
Beautiful Sarah.....and I love the write up Grin
Julie xx

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