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The oldest continuously-inhabited wood frame dwelling in England, Fyfield Hall is located in Essex near the village of Chipping Ongar.

The manor boasts an original timber post that has been carbon-dated to between AD 880 and 985. This predates the arrival William the Conqueror and his Normans. Remodeled several times over the centuries, Fyfield Hall retains features added in the late 12th century. A major redesign was completed between 1391 and 1416. Instead of updating the architectural style, this remodeling was done in the style of the 1100s, probably to preserve the aura of antiquity.

The Lords Scrope of the Manor inhabited Fyfield for generations. Pieces of the headless corpse of the third Lord Scrope, Henry, 3rd Baron Scrope of Masham, are buried nearby. Henry V, who had favored Scrope and named him Lord Treasurer of the kingdom, had the baron beheaded in 1415 at Southampton for his alleged conspiracy in an assassination plot. Scrope’s head was sent to York, where it was stuck on a spike over Micklebar Gate and left to rot as a warning to other would-be traitors. In Shakespeare’s Henry V, Lord Scrope appears as Lord Scroop.

Although no one has ever claimed to have seen any ghostly manifestations in Fyfield Hall itself, it has been noted that on All Souls Night (November 2nd) a heavy, wet mist descends over the estate, blanketing several acres until next midday. Can it be that the third Lord Scrope is paying a visit to his ancestral hall?

Digital oil painting derived from a photograph shared with me by wonderful artist Constance Widen.


dark, landscape, night, trees, mist, gate, england, fog, mysterious, eerie

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I have been a photographer for over 25 years, using both traditional and digital SLR equipment, with pictures published in print as well as in online publications and galleries. The digitally-composed works are created using a variety of software. If you enjoy my work, please spread the word, and thank you for stopping by.

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  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago

  • Thank you, too…:-)

    – RC deWinter

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainover 4 years ago

    Lovely, so beautiful, magnificent brick work. Love the history, too

  • Well, the photo had great detail, so it was a pleasure to paint…thank you, Pinky.

    – RC deWinter

  • Conoro
    Conoroover 4 years ago

    I’ve said it before, but you really need to have a book published with all your descriptions, poems and accompanying images Gina :-) This is lovely! oxox

  • Oh Constance, I’d publish one myself, but doesn’t it always come down to the alight dollar? Thank you, sweet supplier of inspiration.

    – RC deWinter

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • As always, I appreciate it!

    – RC deWinter

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