jacobean architecture


Eynsham Hall, Oxfordshire, U.K. by Jose Maria Cuellar


4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 20:

Highclere Castle, Hampshire, England. 

Rebuilt 1839-42 by Sir Charles Barry, with a park by Capability Brown. 

Was the home of Lord Carnarvon, friend and sponsor of Howard Carter, and is the main filming location of Downton Abbey. 


Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobethan style, with a park, located in Hampshire, England, U.K., near Newbury, Berkshire. The castle and gardens are open to the public during summer and at times during the rest of the year. Highclere Castle is the main filming location for the British television period drama “Downton Abbey”.


Library by Tony
Via Flickr:
How to show you are learned? build and stock a library. Many of the books document the history of the estate. all books where bound with coloured leathers to match the library.

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notrapdoors  asked:

Hello, dearest Duke! I'm an American student about to graduate with my BA in English. My dissertation is about Romeo and Juliet. There is nothing I want more in this world than to go to graduate school in the UK. There's no better place to study Shakespeare than in England. I was just wanting to know if you could give me a bit of information about university life and the costs of living. I traveled for a month in England and fell in love with it, but I know housing can be quite expensive.

Hi. So, first things first, please read through my US to UK tag, because there’s a lot of important stuff in there and there’s a lot to think about before you decide to do something this drastic, as romantic as it sounds. 

But basically, things you’re going to have to pay for:

  • Visa application, which is way more expensive than you think, about $500 (and that doesn’t guarantee you’re getting a Visa, and if they deny it you don’t get your money back)
  • IHS surcharge fee, about $300
  • mailing your physical application and having it returned, about $35
  • airfare, which can run anywhere from $400 to $1500, and that’s just one-way and not including trips home for Christmas or whatever
  • shipping stuff across the water or bringing more than the allotted number of or overweight bags
  • heavy/bulky stuff you can’t bring from home and have to buy when you get here: mirrors, towels and sheets, dishes, silverware, etc.
  • housing, which will range depending on where you live and how high your standards are, but it’s comparable to living in New York–until you factor in the exchange rate, which makes it about 160% of the cost of living in New York
  • utilities, which can be expensive because most flats that are cheap to live in are not well insulated and England is cold
  • Travelcards, which are not fucking cheap–a one-month pass will run you about $130 a month with the student discount, and trust me, you cannot get around without one
  • monthly phone bill and a new SIM card (depending on how new your phone is you may even have to buy a new one, because your US phone is not going to work here and if your provider won’t unlock it and you don’t want to jailbreak it, you’re screwed)
  • broadband and a wireless router
  • international bank transfers–you’re going to need to do this at least once and most US institutions (unless they’re exceptionally nice) are going to charge you $40-50
  • groceries, and I don’t know how you eat so I’m not going to estimate that, but bear in mind everything’s going to be twice as expensive as what you’re used to because (1) London and (2) shitty exchange rate
  • and of course all of your usual toiletries
  • and let’s not forget: TUITION–as an international student your fees will be double what domestic students pay, and again that’s without even factoring in the exchange rate

This is a big, big number (doing very general estimates you’re talking about $50,000 a year, ballpark) and unless you have a trust fund, you’re probably not going to be able to make that happen as soon as you graduate. Not to mention, figuring out where to get all this money and do everything you have to do before you move to a foreign country is incredibly stressful. I know it sounds like a lot of fun–and once you actually get here, it is–but it is not easy on your body or your brain. If you are a person at all prone to anxiety that’s something you should take into serious consideration. 

All that out of the way, studies:

As a graduate student you can expect to have far less actual class time than you had as an undergrad. However. You’re going to have about five times as much work to do outside of class and nobody’s going to hold your hand about it. We have our first position paper due in next week and the instructions are so vague it’s almost comical. “Analyze authorial anxiety expressed in at least two prologues. About a thousand words.” That’s it. Just to give you an idea what an average week might look like here’s what we did/had to read last week:

  • plenary lecture: Tiffany Stern, early modern stage documents
  • seminar: working with early modern texts
  • seminar: early modern playhouse practice
  • workshop: dissertation research
  • play: Richard II
  • reading: William Prynne’s Histriomastix
  • reading: Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair
  • reading: Anthony Munday and others’ Sir Thomas More
  • reading: Thomas Middleton’s The Second Maiden’s Tragedy
  • reading: Richard Burt, “Thomas Middleton, Uncut: Castration, Censorship, and the Regulation of Dramatic Discourse in Early Modern England"
  • reading: Paul Whitefield White, “Church-Playing in Tudor England”
  • reading: Richard Dutton, “Ben Jonson and the Master of Revels”
  • reading: Jonas A. Barish, The Antithetical Prejudice
  • reading: Ben Jonson “To Penshurst”
  • reading: Aemelia Lanyer, “The Description of Cooke-ham”
  • reading: G. R. Hibbard, “The Country House Poem of the Seventeenth Century”
  • reading: Heather Dubrow, “The Politics of Aesthetics: Recuperating Formalism and the Country House Poem”
  • reading: Richard Strier, “How Formalism Became a Dirty Word, and Why We Can’t Do Without It”
  • reading: Umberto Eco, How to Write a Thesis, chapters 1 and 2
  • due next week: position paper 1
  • due next week: 2,000-word critical survey

So that’s one lecture, one workshop, two seminars, one performance, one treatise, three plays, two book extracts, seven articles, two poems, and two upcoming assignments. You’ll also notice there’s shockingly little Shakespeare in the above reading. This is probably a good time to mention that you shouldn’t have any romantic notions about doing an MA in Shakespeare. You’re not going to be sitting around sipping tea and arguing passionately about whether Romeo and Juliet were really in love. You’re going to be reading a lot of dense-as-hell legal documents in secretary hand, you’re going to be talking about Jacobean architecture and politics, you’re going to be dissecting the Puritan backlash to the success of Southwark playhouses, you’re going to be going through Philip Henslowe’s laundry bills. This is not something I’d recommend for someone who really just wants to gush about the plays. This is nitty-gritty and meticulous and methodical and unless you really want to know everything there is to know about theatre in the early modern era, it’s frightfully boring. This is not me trying to discourage you. This is me trying to debunk the myth that grad school for Shakespeare in England is going to be like going off to Hogwarts. 

The best advice I can give you is do. Your. Research. Read every piece of material available online for the programs you’re interested in. Talk to admissions staff and former students and order a prospectus. Look into costs of living and travel. Ask yourself if it’s even feasible or if–after all this research–it really is what you want to do. Again, I’m not trying to rain on your parade. But I am a pragmatist so I’m trying to give you all the ugly truths up front.

Hatfield House is a country house set in a large park, the Great Park, on the eastern side of the town of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. The present Jacobean house was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, First Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I and has been the home of the Cecil family ever since. It is a prime example of Jacobean architecture. The estate includes extensive grounds and surviving parts of an earlier palace. The house, currently the home of Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury, is open to the public.


4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 14:

Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, England. 

The Jacobean House built in 1611. 


4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 24:

Apethorphe Hall, Northamptonshire, England. 

Begun in the late 15th century, but the majority is Jacobean and late 17th century. 

Sold recently, with an asking price of £2.5 million.