Poverty is a great preserver

This place was built between 1607 and 1612, and it stayed in the family until 1991, when the family could no longer afford to keep it. The last private owner of Chaselton House, Barbara Clutton-Brock, said, “Poverty is a great preserver.” as a way to say that because there was no money for renovations, the house is relatively free of modern upgrades.

Two interesting things about the family: they invented many games, including croquet, and they believed cleaning the ceiling in the kitchen would bring back luck to the house. On our visit, croquet courts were set up for visitors. And the ceiling was still black.

Chastleton House
near Moreton-in-Marsh, UK
photographed 6.3.2017

Posted on June 30, 2017, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I know that you are practising a certain discipline here, but this is one photo which I wouldn’t mind seeing in colour. I can imagine a colour for that weathered brick, and I wonder whether that’s correct.

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  2. We loved this place when we visited. Glad you were able to see it. Nice contrasty shot, Melinda

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  3. Well researching this place is going to let me procrastinate for a while longer, thank you for this Melinda. These old places really fascinate me.

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