Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place, a fourteenth century manor house, is located near Tunbridge Wells, in Kent.  Previously used by King Henry VIII as a hunting lodge, it has been owned by the Sidney family since 1552. Penshurst Place opened to the public in 1946, to cover the costs of restoring the site following some wartime damage, and has since become both a popular place to visit and a filming location for productions such as the recent TV adaptation of Wolf Hall.

This was my second visit to Penshurst Place; the first was many years ago, when I was still at school.  It was a family outing, rather than a photography trip, so I left the tripod behind and took fewer photos than I might otherwise have done.  Photography is, understandably, restricted in the house, but we also explored the grounds and woodland, where photography is permitted.