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Osterley House

I have blogged about Osterley Park before, you can see beautiful images on this link – images from a different part of the park. Links will open in a new window.

Twentieth Century Fox movies started with the shooting of Gulliver’s Travels and some of the scenes will be shot in this grand mansion in Osterley Park. It is not the first time this extravagant mansion is used in a movie. I think it is Pride and Prejudice  where it was used too. The crew were at “rest” on Saturday, as you can see on the images down in this post. They’ve put up notices to apologise for the inconvience they cause visitors to the park whilst shooting, but I think I will enjoy watching them, but guess I will have to camp in front of the mansion!

In the out buildings, you will find the history of Osterley Park and the house, a small restaurant selling also delicious scones and the National Trust Gift shop.

Follow this link to see who else stars in this movie.

Sir Thomas Gresham, commercial agent and financial adviser to Elizabeth I, bought the manor of Osterley in 1562 and by 1576 replaced the existing farmhouse with ‘a faire and stateley brick house’.  

For a man of the city, Osterley not only represented somewhere green and tranquil, but also a source of income. Described as ‘a most fertyle place for wheate’ the estate had ample water. Gresham established one of the first paper mills in England here.

Nicholas Barbon acquired Osterley in 1683. An opportunist, he used Osterley as security to raise a large sum of money. He died in debt and in 1713 Osterley went to Sir Francis Child in payment of his loan.

Apprenticed to a London goldsmith at the age of fourteen, by a judicious marriage Sir Francis found himself the partner and then sole owner of the firm. By 1698 he was Lord Mayor of London and had expanded his business into banking with the creation of Child’s Bank.

The flowering of Osterley
Over the next two generations, the family’s wealth and position grew. In 1761 Robert Adam, the most fashionable architect of the day, was commissioned by Sir Francis’s grandson, another Francis, to modernise the house. He transformed it into what you see today, remodelling the outside and designing the interiors and a great deal of the furnishings. His vast portico makes a particularly grand statement of classical refinement.

The unity of design was carried through into the park by Francis and, on his death in 1763, by his brother Robert Child. They redirected rivers to form a chain of sinuous lakes through the Park, and created a drive which brought people in a tantalising loop before finally arriving at the House.

Not active as an MP or in running the bank, Robert Child spent a great deal of time at, and money on, Osterley. His wife was equally involved and she lived on at Osterley for 10 years after his death.

By the beginning of the 19th century, Osterley was no longer a main residence and, apart from a few brief periods of occupation, would not be so again. In 1923, the 9th Earl of Jersey inherited Osterley at the age of 13.  He opened the house to the public in 1939 because he said, ‘he did not live in it and …many others wished to see it’.  In July 1939, the Georgian Group held a great ball at Osterley.

During the War, the house was occupied by Glyn, Mills Bank to whom Child & Co had been sold in 1924.

In 1949, Lord Jersey achieved his aim of ensuring that Osterley ‘will be maintained and shown off in the way I consider it deserves to be’. He gave the house and the central core of its landscaped park to the National Trust. The house remains, in essence and detail, much as it was in the middle of the 18th century.

Continue reading on this link of the National Trust- more about the house and see some beautiful images in their gallery about the house!


Family-outing on the pond!


Fox movies’ notice to apologise


 The stairs are covered to prevent damage by the crew.


Beautiful architecture – read on the National Trust-link more about it.

A watchful eye!



History: a sneak peek


Restaurant with delicious tea and scones
National Trust Gift shop


Osterley House – from a different angle


Paradise for walkers and bikers or even if you want to fish!


Quiet during the day or when the weather is cooler, this part of the park is my favourite as you can sit and relax with the twitter of the birds around you without your thoughts being disturbed.


From here you’re heading  to a pleasant spot where you can enjoy the peaceful, undisturbed views on the following images.


Sometimes you’re lucky to see some water birds diving into the water to catch a fishy meal.


Or playful doggies after their balls!


This tree has almost been “up-rooted” by wind and weather – Birds love this tree.


From here you can go left/right, but both ways take you back to the front of the park – only if you want to go, you can always take another turn off  to the right and follow a path which you will see on the link of my previous entry.

Gulliver's travels

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My topic is “green”. Green is the colour that changes into different colours! During Autumn, it is amazing to see all the changes….if you look closely, you will see the seed of the Horse Chestnut on this tree…
Here it is, but it has changed! And it has dropped down….ready for another cycle?
The English call this a “concker” and earlier, they played games with the conkers and children knew how to keep themself busy with it!

In the corner of the garden, green, but with an invader….
Once again, beautiful green! Some children in London say that they hate green as a colour, because there is so much green in the country! …..never thought someone will say that…
…..more green……
And…..there’s the invader…he thought I would never see him, I think he was ready to jump….wonder how fast that would be…Another Osterley-link with images I took in the park.

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WOW! I think this is my best picture of today!!

And I think I’m slowly getting the hang of my camera…

Osterley Park is so tien minute se vinnig stap van ons af waar ons bly. Dis ‘n lieflik groot park. Dis baie besig gedurende naweke, mense kom hou graag piekniek in die park, stap sommer net rond of ry fiets…daar is verskillende paadjies, maar ongelukkig is van hulle nou toegemaak en moet jy betaal om daar te ry met jou fiets of om te stap. Wat ‘n jammerte! Dis so pragtig om daar rond te ry, nou is ons baie beperk met die beweging van ons fietse. Ek dink hulle wil op ‘n manier fondse insamel. Die “huis” wat op die foto gesien word, is ‘n historiese gebou en soms word daar kuns uitgestal. Ons was self nog nie daar binne nie. Een Sondag was daar ‘n troue op die grasperk voor die gebou. Asiese troue en dit het baie indrukwekkend gelyk, ek dink net dis baie onpersoonlik met al die ander mense wat oral op die gras rondsit of rondloop. Die ander gebou is ‘n winkeltjie – die een met die klok – en daar kan jy sit en iets bestel, lekker skons met room, ens. en hulle verkoop ook allerhande tradisionele goed, soos konfyt wat self gemaak is…..ens. ‘n Ander pragtige park, omtrent 15 min per motor, is Richmond Park. ‘n Verskriklike groot park, pragtig bokke en uitgestrekte dele vir stap/ry/fietsry/piekniek en selfs perdry! Ek eksperimenteer bietjie met die kamera wat ek het – hy is iewers op my blog – en daarom sit ek van tyd tot tyd foto’s, ek wil graag beter “close-ups” neem, maar met die kamera van my, is dit ‘n kuns…af ek is maar bietjie dom met die ding! “Practise makes perfect”, soos hulle se, so dit sal seker nog tyd neem voordat alles perfek is!

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