Ickworth Uncovered

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Ickworth © David Gill

Work has started on the Ickworth Uncovered project. This will involve repairing and retiling the roof of the Rotunda.

The crane lifting the covering structure into place is over 80 m tall.

The project is expected to cost around £5 million.

Spring at Ickworth

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Ickworth © David Gill

Spring has arrived at NT Ickworth. New-born lambs abound, and there are stunning lines of tulips in the walled garden, and swathes of daffodils in front of the rotunda. The woodpeckers were active and added to the atmosphere.

Ickworth lemons

Ickworth © David Gill
Ickworth © David Gill

The lemon trees were in flower and in fruit at Ickworth this weekend. They were certainly giving an Italianate feel to the gardens.

There was a stunning display of agapanthus on the steps of the orangery that forms part of the west wing of Ickworth House.

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Ladybirds at Ickworth

St Mary's church, Ickworth © David Gill
St Mary’s church, Ickworth © David Gill

The ladybirds were gathering in large numbers over the weekend at Ickworth. We were able to count more than 55 on the west end of St Mary’s church (in the grounds), mostly, though not exclusively harlequins. They were clearly looking for cracks and corners as temperatures begin to dip.

The tower of the church dates to 1778. The church is now maintained by the Ickworth Church Conservation Trust.

© David Gill
© David Gill
© David Gill
© David Gill

The Death of General Wolfe


Earlier this evening I attended a lecture by Loyd Grossman on Benjamin West’s painting ‘The Death of General Wolfe’ that hangs in Ickworth (see here). One of the points made was West’s knowledge of classical sculpture from his Grand Tour visit to Rome. Wolfe’s body evokes, to my eye, the Dying Gaul displayed in Rome. Note that a musket lies at Wolfe’s feet instead of the sword and trumpet on the base of the Dying Gaul.

Dying Gaul © David Gill
Dying Gaul © David Gill
Detail on the base of the Dying Gaul © David Gill
Detail on the base of the Dying Gaul © David Gill
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