With a history dating back to the early 1500s, Cowdray was in its heyday during the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, both of whom visited and stayed at the house.
Nearly three hundred years later, and whilst undergoing repairs and refurbishments for the impending marriage of the 8th Viscount Montague, a devastating fire took hold on the evening of the 24th September 1793. The house was destroyed to a great extent – but with significant exceptions such as the intact Kitchen Tower.
For the next century, this exquisite example of Tudor architecture simply rotted away … and its gradually decaying structure was visited by numerous artists, scholars and writers alike, including William Turner and John Constable who both painted the landscape.
Captured in 16:9 aspect ratio with Fujifilm (F200) EXR technology
FEATURED – Preserving History 29 March 2010