A Mogul fantasy in the Cotswolds From The Oxford Times In an area bristling with tourist signs, it is easy to miss its modest entrance gates.
But should you decide to turn down its tree types of ray bans lined drive you are in for a surprise. Rising above the English oaks and beeches are the turquoise dome and delicate minarets of an Indian palace, set within a landscape of temples, statues and lakes. The poet John Betjeman has given the best description of the Sezincote experience. In the 1920s, he was a regular guest at the house the country home of one of his Oxford friends and he was captivated by its eccentric charm. Later, he wrote a long poem, Summoned by Bells, recalling his student days, in which he remembered the ray ban shops stores magical approach to Sezincote: "Down the drive, Under the early yellow leaves of oaks; One lodge is Tudor, one in Indian style. The bridge, the waterfall, the Temple Pool And there they burst upon us, the onion domes, Chajjas and chattris, made of amber tone: 'Home of the Oaks', exotic " Sezincote is indeed exotic. In its bold combination of Hindu and Islamic motifs, it has been compared to the palace of the Mogul Emperor Akbar, who ruled Northern India in the 16th century. But how did such a creation come to be built in the Cotswolds, two miles west of Moreton in Marsh? The Sezincote estate dates back to Norman times (when it acquired its name, meaning "home of the oaks"), but the story of the present house began in 1798, when Charles Cockerell inherited the park from his older brother. Cockerell had worked for the East India Company, where he had conceived a passion for Mogul architecture, and once back in Gloucestershire he set about creating his own small scale Indian palace. To help him achieve his dream, Charles employed his talented architect brother, Samuel Pepys Cockerell, who had already designed a retirement home for Warren Hastings (the first governor general of British India) in nearby Daylesford. At Daylesford House Samuel had experimented with a few Indian features, but Sezincote was a far more ambitious project. Working closely with Thomas Daniell, an artist who had spent ten years in India, Samuel drew up his plans for an eclectic masterpiece. In Sezincote House, Muslim, Hindu and English Regency styles are combined with surprisingly harmonious results. Hooded Islamic arches frame tall Regency windows and lantern like minarets (or chattris) stand at the corners of the roof. Hindu influences can be seen in the lotus flower motifs and in the pillars framing the front door, while the pointed archway over the door is copied from Persian mosques. Curving out from the left hand side ray ban rb of the house is an elegant orangery, with a series of French doors, featuring 'peacock tail' window tracery.
The orangery leads to a miniature pavilion, capped by minarets, while the house is crowned by a magnificent onion dome, typical of Islamic architecture. Cockerell's dome was constructed from copper ray ban 3183 and the house was built from local limestone, stained orangey red to imitate Indian sandstone. While Samuel Cockerell concentrated on the house, Thomas Daniell was responsible for the grounds, designing an Indian Bridge flanked by statues of Brahmin bulls, a Snake Pool with a dramatic statue.
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