Old England: A Pictorial Museum (page 44/51)

[picture: 1672.---Hulme Hall, Lancashire.---Front View.]

1672.—Hulme Hall, Lancashire.—Front View.

Hulme Hall, Lancashire (Fig. 1672), may be looked on as a fair specimen of the very numerous timber-houses that form so conspicuous a class in the domestic architecture of Elizabeth’s time. And most [...] roofs, and numerous projections, their carvings and their pinnacles. Hulme Hall no longer exists. It was pulled clown a short time since. Our engraving was taken just before its demolition. The place belonged to the family of Prestwick from the middle of the fifteenth to about the middle of the seventeenth century. A curious mystery may be said still to attach to the spot. The dowager Lady Prestwick, during the Civil War, encouraged her son, who belonged to the Royal party—but apparently had been wavering in his allegiance on account of pecuniary difficulties— to remain firm to the Royalist cause, saying she had treasure to supply him with. It was supposed she referred to some hidden stores about Hulme. But when she was dying she was speechless, and so, if she had a secret of the nature supposed, it was buried with her. Nothing remarkable has since been discovered at Hulme. [more...] [$]

[picture: 1674.---Plan of Buckhurst House, Sussex.]

1674.—Plan of Buckhurst House, Sussex.

A plan of a sixteenth-century mansion, demolished it seems in the eighteenth century. The text does not seem to explain the numbers on the plan; presumably the woodcut was made for some [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 1675.---North side of the Priory Cloisters, Christ's Hospital.]

1675.—North side of the Priory Cloisters, Christ’s Hospital.

Christ’s Hospital is a charity-funded boarding school founded in the sixteenth century and still open today. It’s also known as the bluecoat school because of the school uniform [more...] [$]

[picture: Staircase at Claverton, Somersetshire]

Staircase at Claverton, Somersetshire

(From Richardson’s ‘Elizabethan Architecture.’) [more...] [$]

[picture: Hall at Ockwells Manor]

Hall at Ockwell’s, Berkshire.

Coloured in the original book. [more...] [$]

[picture: 1731.---Gray's Inn Hall.]
[picture: 1732.---Clock at Hampton Court.]

1732.—Clock at Hampton Court.

The clock does not appear to be mentioned in the book apart from this picture. It was installed at Hampton Court Palace in 1540, but the astronomical (or astrological) parts were lost in the early nineteenth century (both the mechanism and the face); although they were later found and reinstalled, this plate shows the clock without them in the early [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 1733.---The Whirligig]

1733.—The Whirligig

A cage for punishemt: the offender was put inside and then the cage was spun round rapidly, often for a long time (perhaps all day). This would make the victim sick or even unconscious. In the mean-time [...] [more...] [$]


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