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Final Splash of Autumn

Free Photos, Hovingham, North Yorkshire

Although many years ago, it was at this very location where my true love for landscape photography was born and it was also at the same time of year. As a much younger man I had saved up, then purchased a 2nd hand Canon T90 - along with a few lenses. This was my first steps into the world of SLR photography.

All those years ago, with camera in hand I eagerly headed for the nearby woods on Hovingham Estate (I used to live nearby), it is fair to say that on my original photographic venture, there was a slight mist in the trees adding to the atmosphere of the images. But, umpteen years later, with much advancement in the world of digital cameras, I have now returned to produce some digital replications. I wasn't to be disappointed, the woods around Hovingham Estate are a picture all year around and in late Autumn, when many of the surrounding trees have already dropped their canopies, the season provides a red carpet to all visitors, with the beautiful Autumnal backdrops of orange and yellow.

Red carpets for visitors are nothing new on the Hovingham Estate, over the years there have been many Royal visitors. The Lancastrian family of Worsley bought the Hovingham Estate back in 1563.

Thomas Worsley who became a close friend of King George III. Designed Hovingham Hall where he is reputed to have taught George III his horse riding skills.

The fourth Sir William Worsley captained Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1928 and 1929. He was also President of Yorkshire County Cricket Club for many years. In the summer months a long heritage of cricket is still played in front of the manor house of Hovingham Hall. Freddie Trueman and Geoff Boycott are just a couple of the many famous names from the world of cricket who have played at Hovingham Hall.

The real coup for the Worsley family and Hovingham alike was in 1961, when The Duke of Kent married Katharine Worsley at York Minster on 8 June.

Her father Sir William Worsley, of Hovingham, 4th Baronet became a good friend of Queen Elizabeth II. She often visited the Worsley family in Hovingham. Now with Katharine being a Royal, the locals got used to certain security changes in vicinity when Katharine might drop in to see mum and dad for a cuppa - none of which I will announce here. But we could usually tell when a Royal might likely be visiting.

Hovingham Hall opens to the public for a short period each year. Usually in June, by advance appointment. Special events are frequently hosted.

Access to the surrounding estate is limited, although there are some public footpaths through the woods. The village itself is quite pretty and being flat and level offers easy walking for those who enjoy the tranquility. There are markets held on the first Monday of each month, although you'll not pick up a bargain as things do tend to be a bit pricey, but you might bump into Hovingham resident and TV celebrity Selina Scott, who sometimes sells socks there. Shoppers looking for a bargain tend to visit Hovingham for a browse, then head off for a 10 minute drive to Malton where the traditional bustling market takes place every Saturday.

Article: 8 November 2010

Hovingham Hall http://www.hovingham.co.uk/

Malton Market http://www.maltonmarket.co.uk/

Castle Howard http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/





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