When out exploring…… I love finding the un-expected, which in this case was a brick gateway. We were visiting St Giles Church in Chesterton, Warwickshire on a beautiful sunny day last summer 2013 and as I wandered around to the other side of the church I came across this gateway.
I have a fascination for gateways standing on their own and I have posted several gateways that I have come across, but I think this is really is quite amazing. It is the only remains of a great house, Chesterton House which was demolished in 1802 and would have stood in the trees beyond the gate. I think this would have been the gateway to the church and on the wall there is a brass notice telling us it was designed by Inigo Jones C.1632. This is possible, because nearby is Chesterton Windmill designed by Inigo Jones or his apprentice.
4 Replies to “Inigo Jones Gateway”
How truly lovely!! What a delightful find. I love these relics that you come across. Now a gateway for Very Important Cows (or Sheep, I guess!) 🙂
I am spring cleaning at the moment, going through the 1000’s of photos from last year, I am having a great time, finding little bits that I had forgotten about, taken on the off chance…….although I still have a lot of churches and castles etc to post…….but I love these little bits of history that are scattered about all over the UK. Funnily there were wedding guests beyond the gate, there was a big marquee for a wedding that had taken place in the church the day before, but it was spread over 2 days, one of the bridal pair belonged to the family who had owned Chesterton house, they still own all the land. The church did look lovely, I going to post it soon, now I have found it 🙂
I have quite a few photos like that – oddments that I don’t know much about, but that are either quaint or unusual. I found an inscription on a stone archway in the Borders a few months back, and I’m still trying to decipher it, on and off! It’s an absorbing interest! 🙂
That sounds interesting and you are quite right it is absorbing….too absorbing sometimes 🙂