Prancing Horse

John Dalkin

Solihull, United Kingdom

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Part of the famous “Perseus and Andromeda” fountain at Witley Court, Worcestershire, England, creating an ethereal scene.
The fountain is “fired up” every hour and the central jet of water shoots over 30m (100 feet) into the air.
Witley Court in Worcestershire was once one of the great houses of the Midlands, but today it is a spectacular ruin. It was built by Thomas Foley in 1655 on the site of a former manor house near Great Witley. Subsequent additions were designed by John Nash in the early 1800s and the Court was subsequently bought by the Dudley family in 1837.
In 1920 Witley Court was sold by the 2nd Earl to Sir Herbert Smith, a Kidderminster carpet manufacturer. The property was sold again following a fire in 1938. Thereafter the estate was broken up and, with the exception of the church, allowed to fall into ruin. In 1972 the remnants of the house and garden were acquired by the government. Though gutted by fire in 1938, its ruins are still spectacular, and today the property is in the care of English Heritage. Witley Great Church, which is attached to the ruins, survived the fire, and so visitors can still view the paintings.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D
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