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The Shell House, Hatfield Forest
Jacob Houblon III built The Shell House in about 1754. It was attached to a cottage by his new lake and was occupied by a housekeeper who kept poultry and peacocks. Jacob’s daughter Laetitia decorated the interior and exterior with exotic and colourful shells, (mostly from the West Indies as they were used as ballast in the holds of slave ships) split flints, blue glass, coral and sands. The cottage was later demolished.
The Shell House has recently been restored by
The National Trust


  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 6 years ago

    Great shot Sue.

    I bet this would look great in HDR.

  • Thanks Richard
    I will BM you

    – Susan E. King

  • brirose55
    brirose55over 6 years ago

    great image

  • Thanks for leaving a comment Brian

    – Susan E. King

  • eaglewatcher
    eaglewatcherover 6 years ago

    wonderful image Sue.

  • Thanks for your very kind comment Michael – nice to know you like it

    – Susan E. King

    YELLOWJACKETover 6 years ago


  • Thanks paul for your comment – I have no idea of number of shells, do you want to count them? LOL

    – Susan E. King

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    Fantastic!! I have seen this in the flesh so to speak, beautiful place, and glorious capture. hugsxxx

  • Thanks again Hilary nice to know you like it.
    when did you see it? it has just been restored by The National Trust

    – Susan E. King

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    a long long time ago. hugsxxx

  • clisue
    clisueover 6 years ago

    Lovely narrative Sue and a splendid shot.XX

  • Thank you dear♥

    – Susan E. King

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago

    fabulous capture!!!

  • thanks Cheryl

    – Susan E. King

  • Rickyd
    Rickydover 6 years ago

    great capture good lighting and detail,good job

  • Thanks Ricky for your kind words

    – Susan E. King

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 6 years ago

    Amazing stone work, the corners and star decorations reall give it a character. Very well done.

  • Thanks for dropping by & commenting on my work I appreciate it

    – Susan E. King

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