Thursday, May 23, 2013

Antiquities And Antiques Road Show

It's been 100 years since Britain has been buying and collecting historic buildings and sites and opening them to the public. There is a really interesting video regarding this that I found on the BBC.  It is seven minutes long but it is like a little movie, it is so well put together.  I love the content, the photography and I even love the background music. You may find the clip just here.

It is incredible that one of the more recently preserved buildings is a barn which is very close to a runway at London's Heathrow Airport! It is so beautifully built that is like a church.  John Betjeman even likened it to a cathedral. 
  I was most excited to see the photos of  the Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire.   I have never been to Yorkshire but I recognize the ruins of the Abbey from reading the books by James Herriot.  The changes that they are making to the area around Stonehenge are exciting to me, make sure you watch this video just so you can see what they are doing! (Never been there either, but it is on my list, along with Salisbury Cathedral which is not too far away from Stonehenge.)

The interesting story about Lord Curzon taking back the fireplaces and having the Union Jack proudly displayed upon the horse-drawn cart is such a good one!  I had to look further and see who would have bought them from such a beautiful old house and I am afraid that it was a group of American business men!  Oops!  Oh well, Lord Curzon bought them back from them anyway and for good measure, he guarded the ports to make sure they didn't secretly spirit them away! 

Sea Houses In Eastbourne, England(Charles Darwin Stayed here!)

 
Hey! Did you know that they just filmed an episode of Antiques Road Show at the Bandstand in Eastbourne today?  I really enjoy watching the British Antiques Roadshow as frequently the location is just as fascinating as some of the antiques. This is a picture of me standing on the lower level of the Bandstand. (Gee, it sure was hard balancing that pier on top of my head! HA!)
So, make sure you look out for that show on PBS, it might make it here in about 2 or 3 years!
We get things years later and I will ask my English in-laws about a TV show and they have to search their memories since they wouldn't have seen the show in years! 
 
 
If any of you see this little 7 minute movie from the BBC that I told you about, let me know what you think!

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  1. I really enjoyed that video, Kay! The National Trust does such incredibly important work. The only one of the locations featured in the video that I've been to is Stonehenge. Thank goodness they're grassing over that highway and rebuilding the museum/gift shop area! It will be a tremendous improvement. Right now you enter at the gift shop on one side of the highway, walk through a long underground tunnel, and then emerge on the other side of the highway in front of Stonehenge. It is kinda awesome, though, to emerge from the tunnel and see those huge magnificent stones looming up before you.

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    1. I am glad you watched the video, Debra and that you liked it as much as I did.
      I long to see those stones looming up before me! Just like I want to see the spires of Salisbury Cathedral! One day, I hope.
      Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Indeed, spam comments are spreading fast, as I can see from today's post on your blog again. Hopefully, none of your many readers has been following the link in the anonymous comment. When I checked my own blog this morning, I had over 30 spam comments waiting to be deleted... But I still do not want to activate word notification.

    OK back to topic! So far, I have not yet made it to Rievaulx Abbey, but who knows - it might be on my list of places to see when I go back to North Yorkshire in July! I wonder how similar it will be to Whitby Abbey or to Fountains Abbey, which has featured on my blog last year.

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    1. Yes, the spam comments are coming thick and fast and they are getting on my last nerve.

      I hope you will make it to the ruins of this Abbey, it looks lovely to me.

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  3. I'm always amazed at how well kept the old buildings are in England. I have several blogger friends that share pictures all the time and see a lot that way. It's a good thing they have preserved so much.

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    1. Oh! I know just what you mean. I LOVE all the photos that people post from different parts of the world, isn't it great that we can enjoy them?
      I am grateful for those who work so hard to preserve beauty, whatever country it might be!

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  4. We managed to get to a British Antiques Roadshow in Plymouth a few years back, what fun!

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    1. Oh, lucky you!
      Of course, we copied the show from Britain, as I am sure you know! (It tickles me the way they say, "It is like ours, but with a British accent".) HA! They had it first!
      :-)

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  5. How did you grow that pier on your head?

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  6. Kay, My sister watches Antique Road Show and swears she must surely have something wortha small mint.LOL I love how people take care of home, buildings, and things of importance in England. I'll try to watch that video. xoxo,Susie

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    1. Oh Susie, I love the Antiques Road Show! I loved it the first time I saw it in England in 1985 and when they got it here in the USA, I love it here too!!
      I don't have any antiques myself but I love to watch it anyway!
      We have similar folks here in the USA who TRY to keep buildings and site that are our heritage, good luck to them, I say! xx

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  7. Watching those antique shows is fun, i've seen a few clips and learned not to clean the patina off of old stuff from one, it apparently takes away from the value.

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    1. Oh, I know, I am always so fearful when a little old lady is so proud of cleaning something so carefully and then being told, that it would have been better to have left it the way it was!
      My favorite was a man who had something marked for 5cents and found it was worth a lot of money! He tried to sell it at his yard sale but no one wanted it! He cried and so, it made me cry too.

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  8. I long to see England some day. The history, the architecture, the greenery all call me.

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    1. Careful, you might become Colorado Girl With An English Heart!! :-)

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  9. Preserving historical sites is indeed a great thing.

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    1. I very much agree and I have great respect for those who were the first to do so, who had the foresight to know what was needed to make sure the heritage of the country was not lost.

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    2. Jerry only says that in the hope someone will preserve him!

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  10. I loved the video..so interesting and it really shows how important the preservation of all those historic sites are. I feel the specialness of Stonehenge just from pictures I've seen...maybe I'll get there one day too! The barn that resembles a cathedral reminded me of the movie "The Thornbirds"...and that special cart to take the Queen to go swimming without anyone seeing her? Yeah, I need me one of those when I go swimming!

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  11. Glad you liked the video too!
    And I not only need that special cart, I need the bathing costume too!
    I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but my computer went down...I am so sorry about your mother breaking her wrists. I loved your post of her birthday party. I wish her a very quick healing! xx

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  12. A lovely video to watch.....A sad book I read a year or two ago was John Harris's No Voice From the Hall, about the many beautiful homes demolished in the 50s and 60s because no one could afford to maintain them. Lost treasures, but at least preserved in this book.

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    1. How sad to think of the homes that were lost. As you say, at least we can see them on the printed page!

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  13. Alas, my dear Kay, Adullamite serves as a perfect example of the very sad fact that razing is the only realistic option in some cases. Although, I am quite sure that what would be left would be more toxic than ever. So, I do not know if there is anything beneficial to all concerned that can be done about him . (Oh yeah, I suppose I should add an LOL?)

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    1. Yes, you should add a big LOL to this since you both make me laugh!
      Now, both of you better behave yourself or I will make you sit in a corner!

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  14. Did you catch that, my dear Adullamite? Oh my, it is so cute of her to think that either one of us could even fit in a corner anymore.

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  15. Visiting National Trust properties is one of our favourite things to do or any kind of historic property - in fact we'll be doing that today as it's one of those days which is rare as hen's teeth - a sunny bank holiday!! A colleague at work was featured on Antiques Roadshow recently though I missed it and am waiting for it to be repeated - it was from Fountains Abbey. x

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    1. Fountains Abbey! Wow, that looks incredible, I would love to see it. Guess I will have to wait until I see it on Antiques Roadshow! (It might take years.)
      I am like you, I like any kind of historic property.
      A sunny bank holiday in England? Good for you!! :-)

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  16. Thank goodness of restoration projects,I am glad they are taking proactive measures in The UK! I would love to see an old barn just as much as a Cathedral, for sure!

    I absolutely love Antiques Roadshow ( birds of a feather flock together after all). I I hope it doesn't take too long to appear in the states.

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    1. Hey Elizabeth!
      So happy to see your comment here! :-)
      Old barns are special to me, I am a country girl you know!
      The one that they managed to save is truly spectacular.
      Hope you are doing well. I loved your photos from your honeymoon in Europe! Take care!

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