The Young Pretender by Ray Clarke

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Taken with Canon 20D 75-300mm lens @300mm at Studley Royal. Nr.Ripon North Yorkshire Together with Fountains Abbey This is a National Trust and World Heritage site.

The development of the estate

John Aislabie inherited the Studley estate in 1699. A socially and politically ambitious man, he first became the Tory Member of Parliament for Ripon in 1695 and in 1718 became Chancellor of the Exchequer. In 1720 disaster struck. Aislabie was a principal sponsor of the South Sea Company scheme, the bill for which was promoted by him personally. After this vast financial operation collapsed (the South Sea Bubble), he was expelled from Parliament and disqualified for life from public office.

Aislabie returned to Yorkshire and devoted himself to the creation of the garden he had begun in 1718. After his death in 1742, his son William extended his scheme by purchasing the remains of the Abbey and Fountains Hall. He also extended the landscaped area in the picturesque romantic style, contrasting with the formality of his father’s work. Between them, the two created what is arguably England’s most important 18th century Water Garden.

After William’s death, the estate passed to his daughter, then her niece. It escaped major reshaping and the garden and park passed to the Vyner family, descendants of the Aislabies.
[edit] Recent history

In 1966 the estate was purchased by West Riding County Council and was acquired by the National Trust in 1983. The Abbey part of the estate is currently managed by English Heritage on behalf of the National Trust.

In 1986 the entire Park was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 4 years ago
    This is a beautiful shot Ray & the History completes it.

    instant favorite.

  • Wow that was quick, Thanks for your comment Malcolm!

    – Ray Clarke

  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 4 years ago

    more excellent photography

  • Thanks for you wonderful comment Steve and Lesley!

    – Ray Clarke

  • relayer51
    relayer51over 4 years ago

    Fascinating history Ray superb shot.

  • Thank you relayer for your comment!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...over 4 years ago


  • Thanks for the comment Edyta

    – Ray Clarke

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Ray .. great title too ~ thanks for the background history!

  • Thanks for your comment Susie!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

    Wonderful write up to accompany a great capture! Well done!

  • Thanks for your comment Kimberly!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot of these beuatiful deers, A couple of weeks ago I was following three red deer down the road near Ullswater early one morning, amazing to see!!

  • So many to see in this park, Thank for the comment Shaun!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Rafferty-Evans
    Rafferty-Evansover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

  • Thank you Lee-Anne

    – Ray Clarke

  • JJsEscape
    JJsEscapeover 4 years ago

    A lovely capture and history Ray.

  • Thanks Judy, your comment are always welcolm!

    – Ray Clarke

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