Taken at Ugbrooke Park, which is a country house located in a valley between Exeter and Newton Abbot in Devon, England. It dates back over 900 years, having featured in the Domesday Book. Before the Reformation the land belonged to the Church and the house was occupied by Precentors to the Bishop of Exeter. It has been the seat of the Clifford family for over four hundred years, and the owners have held the title Baron Clifford of Chudleigh since 1672. The house and grounds were remodelled by Robert Adam and Capability Brown in the second half of the 18th century. The house and gardens are open to the public for a limited number of days each summer.
In 1882, The Hon. William Clifford, son of Lord Clifford of Ugbrooke, Chudleigh, bought a large amount of agricultural land in the Marlborough region of New Zealand and built a mansion named after the family home. Ugbrooke, New Zealand, is New Zealand’s largest privately owned single storey house.
The mansion, covering 10,000 square feet (930 m2), changed ownership in 1897 when, after some financial hardship, The Hon. William Clifford sold the property to his cousin, Henry Vavasour. Ugbrooke subsequently became the home of the Vavasour family of Marlborough for three generations until 1992.

This was an open day in aid of the RNLI.
where they had lots of things going on including the Wardour Garrison
This is a capture of a Pikeman.
Edited from Raw in CS3 with three textures and some tweaking.Finished off in Picasa 3.
Camera used Pentax K200D.
Thank you for viewing


  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 3 years ago

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture and textures Catherine ,interesting history to x

  • Thank you so much dear Trudi for your kind comment.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • inkedsandra
    inkedsandraover 3 years ago

    superb..looks good in the black matt

  • Many thanks dear Sandra,also for the fave.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • finepix
    finepixover 3 years ago

    Lovely work Catherine x

  • Thank you dear David.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueover 3 years ago

    Very ethereal creation Catherine which suits the pikeman beautifully. Well done.

  • Many thanks dear Elaine for your kindness.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 3 years ago

    Another excellent piece of work Catherine x

  • Your very kind dear Chris, thank you.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Jan Stead JEMproductions
    Jan Stead JEMp...over 3 years ago

    oh wow! Absolutely stunning….what a serene and peaceful painting and departure of a pikeman….brilliant capture, fascinating history and description and great production…thank you so much for your generous sharing.

    : )

  • Thank you very much dear Jan for your kind comment.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Jan Stead JEMproductions
    Jan Stead JEMp...over 3 years ago

    looks amazing like this too!

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

    Marvellous work Catherine, the textures really do it justice x

  • Many thanks dear Pauline, so pleased you like it my friend.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • katymckay
    katymckayover 3 years ago

    This is superb Catherine…love the subdued colours…I love it …really superb !!!
    Hope you are well you can see I’m back in land of living glad to be able to do things again ..still have to take it easy ..but trying to get back into the swing of things …slowly but surely …take care my friend..XX

  • Hi ya dear Katy!!!
    so nice to see your around again.
    I hope you are well!!
    Thank you for your kind words,
    hugs from Catherine.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

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