Not far from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, you can find this house which dates back to 1340. It was the home of the Viscount de L’Isle, and for two centuries the home of the Sidney family, important in Tudor times, in particular Sir Philip Sidney who was an adventurer, soldier and poet during the reign of Elizabeth I.
Penshurst Place has one of the rare interiors from the 1300s and there are several rooms open to the public. In addition to the furniture of the time you can see dozens and dozens of family portraits. Like so many houses of the time, Penshurst Place also has a Long Gallery which was the room used to stroll back and forth when the weather outside did not allow for outdoor walks. The Long Gallery was usually adorned with art and paintings.
Although the Sidney family was only relatively important, there are very few other places that show how a wealthy family lived in the 1300s and 1400s. Besides the house you can explore the garden and park.
What is that spire outside Charing Cross station in London?
The cross was destroyed in the year 1647 by the Puritans during the English Civil War. After the construction of Charing Cross station in 1865, a reproduction of Eleanor Cross was created and placed outside the station and not in its original place in Trafalgar Square where the equestrian sculpture dedicated to Carlo.
The reproduction was created by the architect EM Barry himself who built the railway station. He used uncommon images available from the original. at the top, there are eight images of Eleonora, 4 as a queen, with imperial symbols and 4 represented as a Christian. Below are curved angels and shields with royal weapons and those of Ponthieu, Castile and Leon, all copied from still extant Eleanor Crosses who were at Waltham Cross and Northampton.
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