Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll
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Boscobel House and the Royal Oak

Last Friday was a particularly busy photography day, beginning at Boscobel House, where the future Charles II hid in an oak tree. A descendant of the Royal Oak still stands in more or less the same position, although the forrest that surrounded the original is long gone.

I arrived at the house just in time to join the 11am tour, in which we heard much about the history of the house and Charles II's adventures, and inspected the various hiding places he is reputed to have used in addition to the oak tree itself. The tour ended at the top of the house, and then I made my way back down through the rooms we'd visited, taking photos as I went.


19th Century wall paintings in the Bower Room:
Boscobel House 020813 (01) Boscobel House 020813 (02)

Boscobel House 020813 (03)


The attic, including one of Charles II's hiding places:
Boscobel House 020813 (06)

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The Squire's Room, with another hiding place beyond the ropes in the first picture:
Boscobel House 020813 (13)

Boscobel House 020813 (14) Boscobel House 020813 (15)


Bed in the White Room (part of the Squire's Room before a dividing wall was added:
Boscobel House 020813 (16)


Looking down into the Entrance Hall:
Boscobel House 020813 (17)


Flemish tapestry and Royal Oak chest in the Oratory:
Boscobel House 020813 (19) Boscobel House 020813 (21)
Boscobel House 020813 (22)

20th Century copy of a portrait of Dame Joan Penderel in the Oratory:
Boscobel House 020813 (23)


I did go outside to explore, but there was too much scaffolding up around the house for me to get any photos on that occasion.
Tags: architectural heritage, out and about, photos, real life, truth stranger than fiction
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