pier, cap stone and ball finial, early 20th. century, from west.
arrangement from adjacent damaged pier .
Castle gate pier, seventeenth century,from north-west.
Here are some Italian instances for ball spotting: the Villa Guilio and the Church of Santi Domenico e Sisto, both in Rome...
and the famed terraces of the Villa Grazoni laid out in 1652. Could the East Terrace at Hanwell have looked a bit like this?
The Hampshire County Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester
Thursday 7th. we made the first of what I am sure will be many visits
to the Hampshire County Record Office to consult the remaining portions
of the Cope family archive. We looked at a complaint, addressed to
Robert, Earl of Salisbury, Chancellor of England by John Chambre of
Northampton against Ralph Grevill for forcible entry and dispossession
of the manor of Hanwell on 7 January 1455. We were hoping that there
might have been some details of the manor included in this rather
sordid tale of rustling violence and intimidation (43M48/93), but no.
Then just to say that we had seen it we examined the release of rights
in the manor of Hanwell by Humfrey de la Pole, brother of Edmund de la
Pole, Earl of Suffolk to William Cope, esq, Cofferer to Henry VII
(3M48/94). My medieval Latin is less than fluent so it didn't make much
sense but this is where the Copes at Hanwell story starts. However, my
main interest was in the two volume catalogue of the Cope family
library from Bramshill (43M48/2017-2018). Inside the first of two
volumes is written, 'This catalogue was compiled by Ada Beatrice Cope
from the slips made
by her grandfather, Sir William Cope, Hoping that some enterprising
Cope of the future will have it printed Jul 1898'. Well it was not to
be and the bulk of the library was sold at auction in the 1930s
however, our thinking was that there was a reasonable chance that the
library would have contained volumes formerly in the library at Hanwell
and sure enough records had been made of several volumes which carried
the autographs of either the first or fourth baronets. I think it is
reasonably safe to assume that most of those titles published before
Sir Anthony's death in 1675 may have formed part of this earlier
library and that a study of the titles therein may give us some
insights into the 'Virtuoso's interests and some of the influences on
him. We only had time to examine the first 60 pages or so of 400 so
still lots to do but the indications are promising with a number of
early astronomical texts appearing such as 'Alfrangus (Muhammed fil:Ketiri) Elementa Astronomae - Arabice et Latine a Jacob Golio Amsterdam 1669'
8th. saw more weeding out at the House of Diversion. We are starting to
take out some of the small trees that have self seeded on the island
with a big elder being the first to go. You can see from the photograph
below how the stones have been displaced by the tree roots. Removal of
much of the ivy covering the ground is starting the show the outline of
the entire chamber.
Sir Anthony's Bath emerging, view from the north-west.
And then the Stars and Snowdrop weekend was upon us
Saturday 9th. and Sunday 10th. the grounds and observatory were thrown
open as a fund-raiser and the public invited in to tour the gardens,
peer at the telescopes and enjoy tea and cake in the Coach House. Sadly
the weather was not particularly kind and on Sunday it rained and
rained and rained. However, it did see one historic event. I took a
recording of the music of Thomas Baltzar
and played it in the coach house, so the notes of his extraordinary
violin music echoed round the walls of Hanwell for the first time in
nearly 350 years!
is our display at the start of the day on Saturday... the crowds
gather... then disappear as the rain pours down Sunday afternoon.
following week started out cold with snow on the ground. Nevertheless
the work on surveying in detail the immediate surroundings of the lake
went on regardless crunching and squelching round the terraces and
scrambling up and down the great dam, Fortunately by the end of the
week the weather had turned and the weekend was set fair for the visit
of Raleigh International and a further day of Stars and Snowdrops.
new hundred metre tape just about made it all the way along the north
side of the lake.
We had to use ranging rods as markers to ensure our measurements on the
dam were truly horizontal.