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Pictures from South East England (part 2): Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth and Highclere Castle in Hampshire, and Painshill Park in Surrey.  

Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth
Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth in Hampshire, South East England (UK).

Portsmouth is the city where Charles Huffam Dickens was born in 1812 – you’ll find his family’s modest terraced house, now the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum, on Old Commercial Road. View the parlour,
dining room and bedroom, furnished to recreate middle-class tastes of the time. Then discover more about Dickens and Portsmouth in the exhibition room featuring intriguing personal memorabilia (even the couch on which he would die at his house in Kent in 1870) or book a specialist guided walk to really get a taste for the city’s Victorian past.

Dickens’ father John, a clerk in the Royal Navy pay office, was recalled to London in 1815, but in later years Charles returned to Portsmouth to research for his novel Nicholas Nickleby and to give public readings of his work.

Highclere Castle in Hampshire
Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England.

Highclere Castle is the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. It is located in Hampshire, about 8.0 km (5 mi) south of Newbury (Berkshire). The Castle cellars house an Egyptian Exhibition. Castle was indeed the seat, 100 years ago, of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 with his archaeological colleague, Howard Carter. The House and Grounds are generally open to the public during the Easter and Summer holidays as well as the Bank holidays.

Highclere Castle is the main setting for the British television period drama Downton Abbey. Parts of the Castle appear in several films too.

Painshill Park in Surrey, England
Painshill Park in Surrey, South East England.


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