Botleys – inside & out

February 26, 2010 at 12:36 pm (estates) (, , , )

Mike in Surrey sent me notice of the new ‘function’ of the Gosling estate Botleys: it has become a wedding venue! Mike, who has visited Botleys, was nice enough to remember me when it came to viewing some INTERIOR images of the house. I am most grateful…

Botleys was evidently purchased in 1822 by Robert Gosling, Mary’s brother then at the beginning of his banking career (the History of Barclays mentions him being made partner in 1818). Mike kindly supplied me with a photo of Robert and his wife Georgina — fairly late in life — seated amid a family group below the grand, sweeping staircase. So if is definitely easy for me to see the ghosts of them traipsing through Botleys! I invite all interested in a wedding venue, or in seeing Botleys inside and out to check out their website, and watch the exquisite slideshow. My favorite: the golden room with the two giant bookcases.  Readers of this blog will know my ‘one weakness’  (to quote from Miss Lane in the TV production of Lark Rise to Candleford) is books… How comfy might that red seat be??

Botleys was home to Herbert Gosling at the early part of the 20th century. And it’s thanks to Mike that I have a photo of this poor man, bent and in the need of two canes, near the end of his life. Through photos of people and places, through letters, diaries, descriptions, this project takes on “life”.

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