Benington Lordship

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Beautiful bluebells in Benington

[ Benington Lordship moat and gatehouse folly ]

Benington Lordship is a large manor house in a charming village near Stevenage, with splendid gardens open to the public. It stands on the site of a ruined Norman castle keep, remains of which resemble a curious grotto behind a convincingly 'authentic' castle gatehouse folly built onto the side of the house in the 1830's from the rubble of the castle by architect James Pulham, who also worked on Buckingham Palace and Waddesdon Manor. On a scorching day in April 2010 when the Scilla bithynica were out in full force (I mistook them for bluebells), Lorna and I visited the stunning gardens and took these photos, some of which I stitched together using Hugin.

[ Benington Lordship gatehouse folly | Lorna sat beside the ruined grotto | Curious grotto at Benington Lordship | Flowers in the stunning gardens at Benington Lordship | Ornamental lawns at Benington Lordship | Scilla bithynica flowerbeds at Benington Lordship | Path through the flowerbeds at Benington Lordship | Scilla bithynica flowers in front of Benington manor house ]

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