Saturday, 29 November 2014

Life

The reason for not blogging for a few weeks, is because i have done nothing remotely interesting (save for a lot of writing and reading!)

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About a month ago, myself and the boy took a trip to Colchester, had lunch and loitered about the shops  - me purchasing a couple of classics from an independent bookshop, and snorting over the prices in Waterstones.
I have asked the boy for The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick for Christmas just so I do not have to buy it for myself... it's just ridiculous.

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Anyway, with that aside, we are thoroughly looking forward to our first Christmas together in our flat and are hoping to purchase a tree tomorrow. It will be so strange this year not waking up to my excited siblings; eager for their presents at 5 in the morning, hogging the tv, bickering as they cannot decide what to watch... ah, that I will not miss.

I am planning on writing a post concerning King Edward III as the novel I have just finished writing, is concerned with the battles of Sluys, Crecy and Neville's Cross.
Hopefully I can do this by the end of next week... I had wanted to post it on Edward's birthday (13th November), but alas, other commitments thwarted me...

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Hylands Park

Huzzah, finally, myself and the boy made it to Hylands Park this afternoon!

The day did not start out fantastically though. We experienced biblical rain until about lunchtime, then, as I was eating my soup and the boy was munching on chicken pie, it ceased.
 
The Hylands estate, began life in 1726 where the land was purchased by a Sir John Comyns. The construction was complete by 1730 and was red-brick, not white as we know it to be today.

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Sir John, died in 1740 without a surviving male heir, so the estate passed down to his nephew, John Comyns of Romford. In turn, this Sir John left the family home to his son Sir John Richard Comyns in 1760 (too many Johns!)
By 1797, it no longer belonged to the Comyn dynasty and was swiftly purchased by Cornelius Kortwright who employed the famous landscape architect Humphry Repton to redesign the gardens of the house. Kortwright however, moved to Fryerning (Essex), and the property and land was bought by Pierre Cesar Labouchere in 1814. By his death, his son Henry sold it to Mr John Attwood. Attwood then sold it to Arthut Pryor, who then sold it to Sir Daniel Gooch (explored the South Pole alongside Sir Eustace Shackleton), then after returning with frostbite, the estate found itself within John and Christine Hanbury's hands (this gets a tad more exciting now).
In 1923, John Hanbury died and Christine was left with the grand, huge manor and during WWII, it was the base for a German prisoner of war camp and was used by the SAS as their headquarters.

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I watched a documentary about the house a while ago, and a few of the US soldiers thought it would be a good idea to drive a car up one of the staircases! I can imagine the venture was an unsuccessful one.
Christine Hanbury passed away in 1962 and left the house to trustees. Chelmsford Borough Council purchased it in 1966 and opened up the grounds to the public, yay! It became a Grade II listed building the following year.

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I have many childhood memories playing about these grounds - playing hide and seek with my siblings and playing football with my brother.
Note the cottage in the last picture - this is called Flint Cottage and looks remarkably creepy. Not much is known about the building but I believe at one point it was used by a caretaker of some sorts.

Outfit;

coat - vintage (£6.99)
wellies - primark (£12)
blouse - topshop via a charity shop (£4.79) - can kind of see this - twas purchased in Colchester on Friday
skirt - topshop in the sale (£7)

We did, as mentioned above, go to Colchester on Friday but I will leave posting about that for now as this has been a long account!