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Wordless Wednesday: Delapre Abbey, John Preston Neale

Delapre Abbey(Old)
By Engraver John Preston Neale [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
I know this is Wordless Wednesday, but I decided perhaps you would enjoy a couple of links to info about this abbey and its history.

Wikipedia article

The Abbey’s Website

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Leenie Brown fell in love with Jane Austen's works when she first read Sense and Sensibility followed immediately by Pride and Prejudice in her early teens. As the second of five daughters and an avid reader, she has always loved to see where her imagination takes her and to play with and write about the characters she meets along the way. In 2013, these two loves collided when she stumbled upon the world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction. A year later, in 2014, she began writing her own Austen-inspired stories and began publishing them in 2015. Leenie lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her two teenage boys and her very own Mr. Brown (a wonderful mix of all the best of Darcy, Bingley and Edmund with healthy dose of the teasing Mr. Tillney and just a dash of the scolding Mr. Knightley).

3 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Delapre Abbey, John Preston Neale”

  1. Absolutely lovely, and I knew nothing about it, had never heard of it. What a fascinating history, and what an amazing home it must have been before it was turned over to an historical trust. Doesn’t it just look like it ought to have a ghost or two or three lurking on the grounds or in the Abbey itself? Once again, thank you for a look into another world, and for broadening my horizons. The engraving is lovely. I wonder how it compares to the fabled Pemberley in size.

    1. Oooh, it would be fun if someone were to go do a ghost hunters sort of investigation in some of these places. Maybe Eleanor of Castille decided to remain behind instead of continuing on to Westminister. Or maybe a soldier or two from the battle that was there back whenever it was. :) I hadn’t heard of it either until I saw the picture. Of course, then I had to look it up. I love to look at architecture and imagine the stories that might have happened within the walls of a building. As far as size goes — it is hard to tell from the engraving, but I did read that it was sold sometime around when Jane Austen would have been born (before her, I think) for 22,000 pounds — only slightly more than Caroline’s dowry and a good bit less than Georgiana’s so, I wonder if that would indicate it is smaller or how much smaller it might be? It’s kind of fun to think about that.

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