Country Estates: Elton Hall In Peterborough, UK

Elton Hall, near Peterborough, is a house of many faces. It is formal and Classical on the approach, yet reveals on inspection a complex architectural history stretching back to the Middle Ages. All this with gardens that extend and frame it with a kind of painterly stillness. Inside, the house has one of the best private art collections in the East of England.

John Goodall June 27, 2021

As it survives today, the house bears the stamp of important changes undertaken from 1857 by Granville Proby, the 3rd Earl of Carysfort, which is remarkable, given that he was 74 when he inherited the estate in 1855. He had grown up on the family’s Glenart estates in Co Wicklow, Ireland, fought at the Battles of the Nile and Trafalgar asa naval officer and later rose to the rank of Admiral. What inspired him to undertake this work is not now clear, but it may have been the poor condition of the building.

The architect he chose was Henry Ashton, a pupil of Smirke who served as an assistant to Sir Jeffry Wyatville from 1828 during the latter’s transformation of Windsor Castle (and who edited Wyatville’s posthumously published Illustrations Of Windsor Castle, 1841). It must have been through Windsor that Ashton caught the eye of the anglophile Willem II (Prince of Orange until 1840), who commissioned him, in 1838, to design a summer palace at the Hague. Nothing came of the project.

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Village Walks: Cisternino In Southeastern Italy (4K)

Cisternino is a comune in the province of Brindisi in Apulia, on the coast of south-eastern Italy, approximately 50 kilometres north-west of the city of Brindisi. Its main economic activities are tourism, the growing of olives and grapes, and dairy farming. 

Video timeline: 0:00 – [Drone intro] 2:00 – [Walking tour begins / Corso Umberto I] 3:40 – [Brief history of the town☀️] 6:45 – [Belvedere of Piazza Marconi] 7:40 – [Via Manzoni] 10:30 – [Villa Garibaldi park] 11:55 – [Torre Grande (“Big Tower”)☀️] 12:50 – [St.Nicolas Church☀️] 19:12 – […walking in the old town…] 20:40 – [Piazza Vittorio Emanuele] 23:00 – [Church of St.Lucia☀️] 25:15 – […walking continues…] 42:00 – [Porta Piccola (“small gate”)] 43:40 – […walking continues…] 1:00:23 – [Piazza Pellegrino Rossi] 1:04:00 – […walking continues…] 1:06:30 – [Southern Gate] 1:08:00 – [Via Manzoni]

Climate: How California’s Drought Fuels Disasters

Each year, California and the Southwest break new records for droughts and high temperatures, leading to heat waves, wildfires, and even flooding. Learn how these catastrophes operate together—and how engineers are working on new technologies to help us survive.

Views: British Steam Yacht Gondola In Lake District

Set sail over Coniston Water with the National Trust in this behind-the-scenes video of Steam Yacht Gondola, one of the only steam-running gondolas remaining in the Lake District. In this video, find out about the work that goes into every voyage, and hear the stories of the gondola from the boat’s Manager, Julian. He’ll show you how he stokes the fire and what he and the team do to prepare the gondola before setting out for a journey. You’ll also hear about the traditional methods that are still used to this day to dock the boat. The history of Steam Yacht Gondola reaches as far back as the Victorian period, and to step aboard is to step back in time. Sir James Ramsden, Director of the Furness Railway Company, saw an opportunity to bring a pleasure cruise to Coniston Water after being inspired by a trip to Venice in 1850. Out of his vision, Steam Yacht Gondola was borne.

Aerial Views: Los Angeles, Southern California (4K)

Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars’ homes. 

Insect Views: The Kung Fu Mantis (BBC Earth Video)

Is this the world’s bravest mantid? Nick Easton recalls the amazing story of capturing this once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

Northern Praying Mantis is a style of Chinese martial arts, sometimes called Shandong Praying Mantis after its province of origin. It was created by Wang Lang and was named after the praying mantis, an insect, the aggressiveness of which inspired the style.

Morning News: Military Issues With Russia, South Korea Politics, Haircuts

As both summitry and military near-misses proliferate, some want measured dialogue while others want markedly tougher talk. Our defence and Russia editors discuss world leaders’ diverging views on handling today’s Russia.

South Korea’s new opposition leader is giving voice to many young men who rail against the country’s feminist values. And what lies behind professional footballers’ frequent, flashy haircuts.