Wray Castle rolls back the Victorian years with new photographic exhibition (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Wray Castle rolls back the Victorian years with new photographic exhibition
A MONTH-long photographic exhibition has started at Wray Castle on the shores of Windermere.
It has been organised by the Victorian Society; the respected architectural history organisation.
Called 'Saving a Century' it features a selection of the Society’s most famous campaigns to save Britain’s Victorian-built heritage.
Saved buildings include Highcliff Castle, Hampshire, and Tyntesfield, Somerset.
The latter was subsequently taken over by the National Trust, which now runs Wray Castle.
Also on display will be the last surviving photographs of buildings such as Eaton Hall, Cheshire, and Preston Town Hall. The exhibition also tells the story of the Victorian Society’s roots and founder members such as historian Nicolas Pevsner and poet John Betjeman.
Rosemary Lord, of Wray Castle said: "Wray Castle is such a fitting place to see this exhibition. The Castle has had several lives - as a home, a marine research centre and as a wireless operators training college – its survival is testament to the enduring appeal of the vision of our Victorian forefathers. Saving the Century is a fascinating look at our Victorian heritage." Chris Costelloe, director of the Victorian Society, added: "Without these campaigns, many of our most famous places would look very different today."
Wray Castle is open from 10am-5pm every day. Exhibition is free, but normal admission charges apply.
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