Chiddingstone Castle in Kent (more of a mansion really). When the castle was built, the village high street was truncated at the Castle Inn and a long detour made to the road to take it around the castle lake and garden. Being wealthy in those days meant you could do pretty much as you wished.
Imagine a road running from the front of the castle straight off the left hand side of the picture - that would be roughly the route of the old High Street.
The next three views are from the Wells Series produced by H Camburn of Tunbridge Wells for G Chandler of Chiddingstone. The first is number 31 and shows the north front of the castle.
The second is number 32 and shows the south front of the castle.
The third is number 38 and shows a general view of the north front from across the lake.
Here is a view of the castle painted by A R Quinton on card number 1280 in the Salmon Series. He has certainly set it in idyllic surroundings.
Richard Lower is the artist of this E A Sweetman & Son (Tunbridge Wells) Card.
More about Chiddingstone can be found here.
Scanned antique postcard
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