Monday, 10 April 2017

A-Z Challenge 2017 - Houses, some real, some not - 'H'

H - Castle Howard

An ITV television production of Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited was filmed at Yorkshire's Castle Howard between 1979 and 1981. Castle Howard was used again for the later film released in 2008.

Castle Howard
(21 March 2008 - by Pwojdacz -uploaded at en.wikepedia - Public Domain)

The Hon. Simon Howard, who owns Castle Howard, has said:

“It is easy to see why Castle Howard was chosen as Brideshead when we hear the description Charles Ryder gives when seeing Brideshead for the first time: 

'Below us, half a mile distant, grey and gold amid a screen of boskage, shone the dome and columns of an old house.'

Evelyn Waugh's novel which opens during the Second World War, charts the life and loves of Army officer Charles Ryder. Arriving at Brideshead Castle for the first time in more than 20 years, he recalls his years at Oxford University, his relationship with Sebastian Flyte and his - ultimately - doomed relationship with Julia, Sebastian’s sister.

However Waugh’s Brideshead Castle was not a castle at all, but a house built of stones from a pulled-down castle a mile away. It was not in Yorkshire either, but was situated in Wiltshire. So you may gain the wrong impression if you have not read the book.

{Note: Chatsworth House (Pemberley), Green Gables and Castle Howard (Brideshead) all featured in my article in The Lady magazine in 2007, entitled 'Houses in Fiction'}.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - love that view of Castle Howard and it does fit the description doesn't it ... 'Boskage' (boscage) - great word ... I really should read the book, and I've never watched the series - some of it yes ...

Well done on all your House in Fiction for the lady ... bet they were enjoyed - cheers Hilary

FinnBadger said...

That castle is stunning. More like a palace, really.

Phillip | H is for Homemade Envelopes

Mail Adventures said...

I think this one is more than a house!

Eva - Mail Adventures
H is for Harper

Jo said...

What a gorgeous building. It is so sad that most of the owners of such houses have to open their homes to the public in order to maintain them. This appeals to me so much more than Chatsworth.

MySpicyKitchen said...

That is a beautiful castle!