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Mary From The Dairy

By pamelajean
3 images of detail from the dairy at Uppark House, Petersfield, West Sussex, a fine country house dating from about 1689.

Up Park got its somewhat unusual name in order to distinguish it from Down Park in the same Parish, which has long since vanished.

Harry Fetherstonhaugh inherited Uppark in 1774. He spent his youthful years in wild carousing. He was a close friend of the Prince Regent and his entourage included Emma Hart (the future Lady Hamilton, best remembered as Lord Nelson’s lover), who allegedly once danced naked on Uppark’s dining table for Harry and his guests.

Middle-age saw Sir Harry become something of a recluse, but in 1825 the then seventy-year old scandalized his social circles once again by marrying Mary Ann Bullock, his twenty-year old dairymaid. (This is where I found my title for these images. It was a comic song made famous by Max Miller, the Cheeky Chappie, in the 1930s/40).

So the Lord married his dairymaid, and she was sent to Paris to study social graces before being brought back to take up residence in the house.

Thank you for looking, for your interest, your comments and votes on my Woven Willow.


Tags: Architecture Country house Scandal West sussex Dairy Petersfield Uppark House Harry Fetherstonhaugh Mary Ann Bullock dairymaid Max Miller

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1 Aug 2018 7:38PM
What a super set and great write up Pamela. Cathy
JuBarney Plus
11 36 6 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2018 7:51PM
A really lovely set and interesting info.
franken Plus
20 5.6k 4 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2018 7:55PM
Lovely set and an interesting write up, Pamela.

Badgerfred 15 39 Wales
1 Aug 2018 8:05PM
Excellent Pamela, very interesting,
Fred263 11 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2018 9:15PM
Stunning set of images, Pamela.
Your narrative adds great context.
ddolfelin 11 103 3 Wales
2 Aug 2018 10:21AM
A very good upload, PJ!
brian17302 Plus
11 2 13 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2018 11:45AM
Great images & good narrative Pammela
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
2 Aug 2018 11:51AM
Married a twenty year old? There's hope for me yet then!!! Blush Lovely detailed work here, Pamela, and interesting write-up too Smile
Trev Smile
CaroleS Plus
12 442 3 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2018 3:28PM
A lovely composition in the lead image.
2 Aug 2018 7:10PM
Splendid write up followed with fine set of images, Pamela.Smile
7 Aug 2018 5:31AM
A bit of a party house in it's day Pamela, the hand painted art work is a treat to look at . Very interesting narrative provided .
Cheers Walt
Chinga Plus
12 116 3 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2018 3:02AM
Delightful wall murals Pam! And green!
Excellent imagery presented.
Isabel GrinGrin

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