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Houghton House

Ruins of the great house in Bedfordshire built by John Thorpe in 1615 and altered by Inigo Jones in 1620. IoE 37310

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Media ID 402950

© Keith Hurst Source: Images of England

Brick House Listed Ruin Scen Ic Stuart Hill Top


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures the timeless beauty of Houghton House, a remarkable ruin nestled on a picturesque hilltop in Bedfordshire. Built by the skilled architect John Thorpe in 1615 and later enhanced by the renowned Inigo Jones in 1620, this Stuart-era great house exudes an air of romance and mystery. The image showcases the enchanting remnants of this once magnificent structure, with its weathered brick walls standing proudly against the test of time. The play between light and shadow adds depth to the scene, enhancing its dramatic allure. As you gaze upon it, you can almost feel history whispering through every crack and crevice. Listed as an important heritage site (IoE 37310), Houghton House is not just a mere ruin; it is a testament to architectural brilliance and human ingenuity. Its commanding position atop the hill offers breathtaking panoramic views that have captivated visitors for centuries. Keith Hurst's skillful photography perfectly encapsulates both the grandeur and fragility of this historic gem. Through his lens, he invites us to appreciate not only its physical beauty but also its significance as part of our cultural heritage. Whether you are drawn to ancient ruins or simply seek solace in nature's embrace, this print serves as a reminder that even amidst decay, there lies undeniable charm waiting to be discovered at Houghton House.

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