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Lyveden Elizabethan Lodge & Garden
On a sweltering day we decided to go for a cruise around Northamptonshire and have a look around the villages . We first stopped off at Pitsford reservoir and it looked promising for a walk until we encountered a massive flood of what look liked Effulent seeping across the pathway, we turned back and set off again. We ended up near to the historic town of Oundle and found this National Trust house on the Map. Bit of a strange one this house as it was never finished and just the shell remains, it would of made a grand place . There is a Tea room there and the usual Book shop and gift shop and the gardens are nice to walk around it all made for a enjoyable visit.
From Wikipedia.
It was constructed for Sir Thomas Tresham, the fervent Roman Catholic of Rushton Hall, and is thought to have been designed by Robert Stickells. The exact date is unknown but can be estimated to circa 1604–05, the year of Tresham's death. The New Bield was on the estate of Tresham's second home, Lyveden Manor House, also known as Lyveden Old Bield.
Just as at Tresham's smaller folly Rushton Triangular Lodge, his principal estate, the New Bield has a religious design full of symbolism. Designed on a plan reminiscent of a Greek cross, the facades have a strict symmetry. The building has two floors above a raised basement, with mullioned and transomed windows. Each floor had three rooms with a staircase in the south projection of the cross. The exterior of the building is decorated by friezes of a religious nature. The metopes contain the emblems and motifs found also at the triangular lodge, such as the "IHS" christogram.