There is a country estate with a house that is like no other, you must see it for yourself, stand in the grounds, take in the air and the very atmosphete of the place. You can find witley Court, just North West of Worcester (around the centre of England, almost bordering Wales).
|Welcome to Great Witley
Church, such a paradox, the exterior quite unimposing,
yet the interior quite luxurient in it's decoration.....
|If you would like to find
out more about the church, including see an exterior
(I forgot to take one myself), visit the official website of Britain's finest Baroque Church...
|I hope you enjoyed our
wander through the ruins of witley Court, the gardens
are sure nice and the fountains are intreaguingly
Sorry if you think there were too many pictures of the foutains, but I am still captivated by them. There was just the faint birdsong and little else, then suddenly without warning the fountains came to life, not just a steady flow, but a whole performance (which I hope my photographs captured the varying sprays of water).
Now for your entertainment, a poem....
Here I am walking through the ashes,
no evidence now of the the luxuriant sashes.
On the floor lumps of blackened metal,
no longer with beauty of a petal.
If I close my senses down,
I can see a woman in a fine gown.
Her partner also in fine clothes,
no sign on his face of any woes.
Fortunes made from iron built this house,
no longer a dwelling even fit for a mouse.
Fitting that the ownership turned to fortunes from coal,
now the house has a blackened soul.
Before the fire of which I speak,
the house had long left its peak.
There was a time of luxury and splendor,
the house a fine country seat contender.
Parties with folk in splendid atire,
never suspecting it would all end in a fire.
Now as I walk through the ashes,
no sign of the the opulent sashes.
©2015 Steve Simons
If you would like to know more about Whitley Court, check out the english Heritage's website:
You can also check out the wikipedia entry on Witley Court:
If you get a chance to visit it is well worth the visit, for you still get a sense of the opulent days,
especially if you visit Great Witley Church before the house.
Just spotted a fascinating link on the wikipedia page at the bottom, well worth a visit....
This video shows Witley Court in a derelict state and illustrates the enormous difference that the restoration work... 1967 video of Witley Court by Procol Harum
I cannot remember having seen this video before.