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Knightshayes Court ~ former stable block
26-Sep-2011 Chris Spracklen

Knightshayes Court ~ former stable block

Knightshayes, Bolham, Tiverton, Devon view map

This is the stable block at Knightshayes Court, which now houses the reception area, restaurant and National Trust shop. The main house is around 150 yards away and is most impressive! The house was commissioned by Sir John Heathcoat-Amory in 1867 and the foundation stone laid in 1869. By 1874, the building was complete.

The fortunes of the Heathcoat-Amory family were founded in the early nineteenth century. John Heathcoat was born into a Derbyshire farming family in 1783. An inventor of genius, he designed and patented a machine that revolutionised the production of lace. His factory destroyed in the Luddite revolt of 1816, he moved his basis of manufacture, and a large number of his workers, to Tiverton, Devon and there established a lace-works which, by the later part of the nineteenth century, was the largest lace-producing manufactory in the world. (It was his grandson, John, who 'built' Knightshayes Court.)

(N.B. This image is precisely geotagged for your further enjoyment.)

Nikon D7000 ,Nikkor AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
1/400s f/10.0 at 38.0mm iso400
HDRed in Photomatix Pro 4 and finished in PS CS5. full exif

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Graeme28-Sep-2011 22:45
Absolutely stunning stable block with the ivy growing on the front of it. The clock and turret are nice additions too. Great work, Chris.BV
Pete Hemington28-Sep-2011 21:51
A great shot - and so close to home - did you find the walled garden too
janescottcumming28-Sep-2011 21:41
Wonderful shot of this beautiful place. Interesting information as well. V
marie-jose wolff28-Sep-2011 21:11
beautiful building, very fine place! V
Walter O. Koenig28-Sep-2011 20:14
That's very posh for a stable block. Wonderful work Chris and thanks for the interesting info. "V"
Ken Chambers ARPS28-Sep-2011 19:51
Great story Chris, The family deserved to succeed, but I appreciate the other side of the coin too.
Sofia Solomennikova28-Sep-2011 17:52
Beautiful!!!! V
soulis28-Sep-2011 17:43
Beautiful shot. V.
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad28-Sep-2011 15:54
Beautiful old building with a great history. Love the bright warm light and vivid details. V
Char28-Sep-2011 14:53
Excellent capture of this magical scene, Chris!
marko gregoric28-Sep-2011 14:51
Beautiful. Like a fairy tale. V
PauloCGama28-Sep-2011 14:45
Wonderful history, Chris, thanks for sharing.
Powerful and beautiful details!
Bryan Murahashi28-Sep-2011 14:12
A beautiful home and nice history story. V
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet28-Sep-2011 13:49
Beautiful picture.
Jim Coffman28-Sep-2011 12:22
Wow, what a beautiful place! Great capture,my friend!!
Patricia Kay28-Sep-2011 12:06
A beautiful building and history Chris...BV
John Reynolds28-Sep-2011 11:45
Beautiful building nicely captured. V.
Enny28-Sep-2011 11:39
fabulous Chris, a dream come true.
Gérard Koehl28-Sep-2011 11:21
Magnifique demeure... V
norbi28-Sep-2011 10:31
Great light is shining on this remakable building. Perfect capture as usual, Chris. v. norbi
Barry Moore28-Sep-2011 09:57
An amazimg piece of history. ~V~
William Vogt28-Sep-2011 09:47
A beautiful image Chris. Love the warm colors.
Regards, Bill
Stephanie28-Sep-2011 09:35
What a beautiful building! Love the changing ivy leaf colors! V
Mildred Alpern28-Sep-2011 09:33
Yes, quite impressive this former home and history. Luddite craftsmen had much to be concerned about...loss of livelihood. Ah, progress, but for whom? So marvelously English, this image.
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