The Water Garden, Gayhurst Estate by George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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Gayhurst Estate has been established as early as the 13th century in Buckinghamshire, UK reaching as much as 4,000acres. The late-Elizabethan country house has early sixteenth century origins, and was expanded in 1597 by William Moulsoe and completed by his son, Sir Everard Digby, one of the conspirators involved in the Gunpowder Plot.
The house is a Grade 1 listed building, and was derelict by the 1970’s when a developer converted the house and mews into individual houses and flats. It is a cluster of individual private residences today.

The Stoke Goldington website on Gayhurst also has a lot of details about the incredible history of this Hamlet:

  1. Bronze Age
  2. Occupation by the Romans.
  3. Home to a kinsman of King Harold.
  4. Tenanted by William the Conqueror’s treacherous half brother, Bishop Odo of Bayeux.
  5. Given to Sir Francis Drake by Good Queen Bess.
  6. Home of Sir Everard Digby, Gunpowder Plotter.
  7. Home of Lord Carrington.
  8. Residence of Sir Walter Carlile.
  9. Owned by Lord Hesketh.
  10. A satellite of The Bletchley Park code-breakers.
  11. Owned by The Bank of Switzerland.
  12. Converted into a boys boarding college.
  13. And finally – Developed into a series of private dwellings.

It is still a beautiful location today, by any account. I discovered it when I went for a short drive from home looking for a suitable location to try my converted IR camera. This is a view of the Water Garden (a lake effectively) on the estate. I have a feeling I’ll be going back…

[Konica-Minolta 5D (720nm conversion); Sigma 17-70@17mm; f:4.5, 1/640sec, ISO-100, EV -0.7; PS3 conversion]

My grandfather was a serious amateur photographer in the ’20s and ’30s, leaving me a legacy of stereoscopic pictures and equipment. The bug passed through the genes to my father and to me. I started taking pictures seriously when I was 11 and I spent most of my teenage years in and out of the darkroom. University, work and kids put photography on pause but my first digital camera in 2006 re-kindled my interest. RB has given me a vehicle for sharing my work and for learning so much.

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  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 4 years ago

    simply brilliant

  • Wow! Many thanks for the instant fav! Really appreciated :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Bronwyn Munro
    Bronwyn Munroover 4 years ago

    This is fantastic – the sky and that amazing reflection!

  • Thank you very much Bronwyn, I’m glad you like it. Many thanks for favoring it! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • gobucki
    gobuckiover 4 years ago

    Congrats! You have been featured in the Friday Feature Marathon.
    August 13th, 2010

  • Wonderful! Thank you very much Matthew :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Oh, and many thanks for favoring it too!!! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Polly :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • Thank you very much for the favoring Lorilee :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenover 4 years ago

  • That’s wonderful Kylie! Thank you very much! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Just as well pleased that no ‘individual private residences’ intruded on this shot. What a beauty; the essence of atmospheric.

  • I did my best to exclude them, and to be honest it wasn’t difficult… It’s a huge place! Many thanks Sheila :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Matt Jones
    Matt Jonesover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your features.

  • Thank you Matt :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Val Saxby
    Val Saxbyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot. Val

  • Thank you Val, I’m glad you like it :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • leonie7
    leonie7over 4 years ago


  • Thank you very much for the favoring, greatly appreciated!. BTW: you have an amazing abstract portfolio!!!

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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