A Lingering Look at Windows: # 1

This weekly challenge is hosted by Dawn from The Day After’ who invites participants to post pictures of any windows that  they find curious, inviting, photogenic, or in some way tell a story.

“Summoned by Bells”, by John Betjeman

Down the drive,
Under the early yellow leaves of oaks;
One lodge is Tudor, one in Indian style.
The bridge, the waterfall, the Temple Pool
And there they burst on us, the onion domes,
Chajjahs and chattris made of amber stone:
‘Home of the Oaks’, exotic Sezincote. 

Sezincote (pronounced seas in coat) is a British estate, located in Gloucestershire, England. It was designed by Samuel Pepys Cockerell in 1805, and is a notable example of Neo-Mughal architecture, a 19th-century reinterpretation of 16th and 17th-century architecture from the Mughal Empire. At the time of its construction, British India was becoming the “jewel in the crown” of the world’s largest empire…. Wikipedia

It was also the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion.

This extraordinary Indian house set in the Cotswolds hills has a central dome, minarets, peacock-tail windows, jail-work railings and pavilions. The main photo above shows the curving Orangery which frames the Persian Garden of Paradise with a fountain and canals. A more in depth post about the gardens is on my flower blog: Earth Laughs in Flowers


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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

12 thoughts on “A Lingering Look at Windows: # 1”

  1. What a fascinating place, Jude… I’m off to check it out on Wikipedia! Looks like another of those places that would make me a good detour on my way to visit friends in the Midlands or somewhere…

    1. It is fascinating. When I discovered it I just had to visit as it is so exotic. The grounds are lovely too – I’ll have to do a post about those – and you can go inside the house which is well worth it. £10 for grounds and house.

      1. I love discovering/finding out about places like this. Another one to add to my list of ‘must see’ places. Just got to be patient and wait for the weather to improve!

  2. Interesting place you have found for us this week Jude. Have you seen the Brighton pavilion?
    I am sweltering in heat wave conditions over here. Would love some of your rain…

    1. I have seen the Brighton Pavilion PP, but not been inside it. I was disappointed to see it is practically hidden by other buildings crowding in on it. I visualised it being in an open space. I’ll see if I got any photos of it, but they are probably not very good.

      As for the rain, you are very welcome to some, though at the moment (touch wood) it is dry, though still windy.

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