Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy is a country house and estate near Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England. It was for many years the family seat of the Bankes family who lived nearby ...
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Kingston Lacy is a country house and estate near Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England. It was for many years the family seat of the Bankes family who lived nearby at Corfe Castle until its destruction in the English Civil War after its incumbent owners, Sir John Bankes and Dame Mary, had remained loyal to Charles I.

The house was built between 1663 and 1665 by Ralph Bankes, son of Sir John Bankes, to a design by the architect Sir Roger Pratt. It is a rectangular building with two main storeys, attics and basement, modelled on Chevening in Kent. The gardens and parkland were laid down at the same time, including some of the specimen trees that remain today. Various additions and alterations were made to the house over the years and the estate remained in the ownership of the Bankes family from the 17th to the late 20th century.

The house was designated as a Grade I listed building in 1958 and the park and gardens are included in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens at Grade II. The house was bequeathed to the National Trust upon the death in 1982 of Henry John Ralph Bankes, along with Corfe Castle. The house and gardens are open to the public.

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Jinjii Platinum
 
Jinjii October 07, 2017
lovely shot. thanks for the very interesting info on this rich piece of history
sue-zon PRO+
 
sue-zon October 10, 2017
Post-card perfect, Keith!
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deannefortnam October 18, 2017
What a great shot and thanks so much for the history! fantastic
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Bdubois October 21, 2017
Lovely. It was awesum you shared the history. I enjoyed reading it! Thank you!
laurenkaymyers Premium
 
laurenkaymyers October 23, 2017
Perfect shot. Excellent composition. I also love hearing about it's history.
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick October 26, 2017
Magnificent photo. Thank you for providing the history.
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lizziemellis December 29, 2017
Great composition:-}
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carolcardillo January 03, 2018
Beautifully done!
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SuzMDixon February 27, 2018
I love this place!! Great shot of it!
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A_B_digital March 07, 2018
Thus is a superb capture, Keith, with beautiful symmetry. Thanks for the history of the place. Some explanatory notes enhance any picture and give the viewer a deeper understanding and appreciation of the subject. I thank you for the effort you put into yours - well worth the time. Cheers.
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brianbaitystudio July 15, 2018
really informative. Your destination photos are inspiring me for new locations to visit
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RuwanFonseka October 01, 2018
Well crafted. Thanks for the history.
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