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A Blind Date with Chicheley Hall

February 7, 2011

Chicheley Hall Baroque Facade Readers, meet Chicheley Hall. I only recently met Chicheley Hall myself and merely by happenstance. It was in the autumn at the end of a Weekend Study Retreat in Oxfordshire with my Masters in Garden History cohorts.  We had just visited an array of historic landscapes — Blenheim Palace, Shotover, Heythrop Hall, Beckley Park — and my historically-shallow American mind was swirling with the names of Archer, Repton, Vanbrugh, Evelyn, and others.  My husband picked me up outside of William Kent’s delicious and classical Rousham and the LAST thing I wanted to do was drive to Buckinghamshire…

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