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BikinGlynn

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Unusually for my busy lifestyle Iv had an excellent month of exploring & have a backlog to get through so Ill start with this!
Tew Manor is essentially an empty manor house which dosent sound exciting, but my goodness it did it for me!
There are 2 (well 3) main features, the stairs, the great hall & an all to brief encounter to an archive room that we nearly missed.

Bit of history nicked from wiki here:-
Great Tew was settled in the Anglo-Saxon era. Ælfric of Abingdon held the manor of Great Tew by 990 and became Archbishop of Canterbury in 995. Ælfric died in 1005, leaving Great Tew to Saint Alban's Abbey. In 1049–52 the abbey leased Great Tew:
Sir Lawrence Tanfield, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, bought Great Tew estate in 1611 from Edward Rainsford. He deprived the villagers of timber, causing some of the cottages to fall into disrepair. Tanfield enclosed part of Great Tew's lands in 1622. However, most of the parish's common lands were not enclosed until Parliament passed an enclosure act for Great Tew in 1767.
After Tanfield died in 1626, followed by his wife Elizabeth in 1629, Great Tew passed to his young grandson Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland.

In the 1630s Lucius gathered together a Great Tew circle of writers and scholars, who included Abraham Cowley, Ben Jonson and Edmund Waller. During the English Civil War the young Viscount fought on the Royalist side and was killed in 1643 at the First Battle of Newbury. Great Tew remained in the Cary family until the death of Anthony Cary, 5th Viscount of Falkland in 1694.

As of 2014, the house was largely unoccupied and clad in scaffolding and plastic sheeting. It is a restoration project for the estate owners, the Johnston family, who reopened the local ironstone quarry in 2000.

In recent years the Great Tew Estate has hosted a series of events through the year, including the Cornbury Music Festival.


The explore

I had been here before but not managed to gain access as we turned up in the middle of the day & wandered around their lawns but were surprisingly unmolested, however this time we opted for the early morning approach!
Its worth mentioning the new manor stands just metres from this place & is absolutely stunning! in the early morning light we were greeted by red led illuminations from the new place that seemed to be some sort of led coat of arms "unbelievable". As most of u may know half the old manor is still lived in so stealth was needed here but it was the start of a great day!

48382996997_13646b315d_b.jpgIMG_5483 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48382781376_4d32a24196_b.jpgIMG_7355 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


Yes its one of those staircases!
48382806601_477a6569c8_b.jpgIMG_5426 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48382950187_520f30f79b_b.jpgIMG_5423 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48382806156_5cba5e5cdc_b.jpgIMG_5429 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48382946892_465437bbea_b.jpgIMG_5435 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48382943037_69cf34cb5c_b.jpgIMG_5449 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48382799426_24c0c9659e_b.jpgIMG_5453 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48382939702_aa962c35e6_b.jpgIMG_5460 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48382940637_8a9f1f9a96_b.jpgIMG_5457 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48382935282_057272f67e_b.jpgIMG_5476 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


& heres what u may call a cooker!
48382933492_2a5d88d6e2_b.jpgIMG_5482 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


Then its into THAT hall
48382926527_9f6ab24851_b.jpgIMG_7331 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


Architecture is simply stunning in here!
48382788416_a1fe93e0da_b.jpgIMG_5492 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


Fabric wall panels were awesome
48382789596_09503bec97_b.jpgIMG_5488 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


Finally we stumbled across the archive room
48382925312_caaee6eb49_b.jpgIMG_7343 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48382925177_30fac37d4e_b.jpgIMG_7344 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


Was so much in here it was difficult to know what to look at, but this 1912 garage receipt was straight to the top of my list!
48382924217_1c5d9cbe37_b.jpgIMG_7351 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


Or maybe a telescope is more your thing?
48382924522_6531c68a78_b.jpgIMG_7349 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48382924062_1b102c3d76_b.jpgIMG_7352 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


Hope you enjoyed, heres just a few more!
48382938397_7708260db0_b.jpgIMG_5464 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48382801691_ff5bf7d747_b.jpgIMG_5445 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr
 

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As you say, the fabric wall panels are indeed 'awesome'! However; I have seen them recorded in oil paint, before they were degraded by the sunlight of decades - the purples, reds, greens and blues etc., even allowing for artistic license were strikingly beautiful. I will try and find the catalogue that showed the paintings; my initial web search did not reveal anything.
 

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As you say, the fabric wall panels are indeed 'awesome'! However; I have seen them recorded in oil paint, before they were degraded by the sunlight of decades - the purples, reds, greens and blues etc., even allowing for artistic license were strikingly beautiful. I will try and find the catalogue that showed the paintings; my initial web search did not reveal anything.

Wow would love to see that sounds amazing. I assumed they were a dark mono colour tbh
 
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