*Belmont House and Gardens, Flaversham, Kent, England

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The focus of Belmont is the elegant 18th century house (designed by Samuel Wyatt) commanding stunning views over the surrounding Estate and the rolling Kentish North Downs.

The house was built in 1769 by Edward Wilks, store-keeper at the nearby Faversham Powder Mill. Extensive views and its elevated position gave Belmont its name.

In 1780 Wilks sold the house to Colonel John Montresor, who was largely responsible for Belmont as it exists today. He enlarged the park to the North and West and bought several adjoining properties. From 1789 to 1793 he also built the main block of the present house to a design by Samuel Wyatt. Wyatt used the newly fashionable idea of an Orangery to connect the old with the new. Montresor didn't enjoy the house for long. Mistakenly accused of embezzling Army funds in 1799 he died before his innocence could be proved.

In 1801 the house was bought at public auction by General George Harris (later Lord Harris) who had defeated the Sultan of Mysore in 1799 at the battle of Seringapatam. The acquisition was made with prize money from his successful military career.

Belmont is of interest for three main reasons. Architecturally, it is an unspoilt example of Samuel Wyatt's work. One of the most progressive architects of the late 18th Century, the house is a fine testimony to his understated neo-classical style. Historically, the house is important for its well-preserved records of a family who played a leading role in the development of the British Empire in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Successive Lords Harris served as soldiers and colonial governors. The house still contains many mementos of their careers. Lastly, Belmont is distinguished for the collection of clocks created by the 5th Lord Harris. It is reputedly the finest collection in England.

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Comments (10)

bdeh on July 17, 2013

Hele MOOIe compositie met die boom op de voorgrond Christien. Is het gebouw links de kas? Groeten Berend

Chris10 © on July 17, 2013

Hi Berend,

Mooie oud landhuis hè? Als je met de Oranjerie de kas bedoelt dan heb je gelijk ja. In de winter bewaren ze daar de kuipplanten. Nu kon je er wat snuisterijen kopen..

Groetjes, Christien.

bdeh on July 17, 2013

Orangerie is inderdaad het juiste woord Christien. Groeten Berend

els f-two on July 17, 2013

daar staan ook mooie optrek'jes'in Kent...was daar die mooie tuin bij? groetjes en nog een leuke avond!

Chris10 © on July 17, 2013

Hey ja Els, die tuin was erbij, ligt aan de achterkant. Als je in zou zoomen op het kaartje rechts, dan kan je het zien. Het was een heel groot terrein met schitterende tuinen maar ook een pinetum en zelfs een noten boomgaard, de 'Nuttery'.

Groetjes, Christien.

© BraCom (Bram) on July 18, 2013

Mooie compositie en gebouw, heel mooie foto Christien

Groeten, Bram

Chris10 © on July 19, 2013

Bedankt Bram, voor je aardige compliment. Het is een schitterend landgoed, al zou je dat hier misschien niet zeggen. De tuinen liggen achter het landhuis.

Groet, Christien.

Bengeltje on July 19, 2013

Heel mooi, met die boom op de voorgrond.

like

Gr, Bengeltje

KhoiTran on July 27, 2013

Very nice photo! Like & Ys!

C.A.M. Bien on July 28, 2013

een paar prachtige foto's van dit landgoed.Ook het verhaaltje erbij helemaal TOP!!

groeten,

Kees

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