Monday, 15 May 2017

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde at Wolf Hall

Continuing our determination to get the best value for money from our National Trust membership, yesterday we went to Barrington Court, a 16th C house in Somerset owned by the National Trust, among one of the first houses it took over and the filming location for the BBC period drama, Wolf Hall. 

As part of the renovation, Gertrude Jekyll, the famous garden designer, was asked to design the garden planting by the tenant, Col. Lyle of the sugar dynasty, who personally paid for most of the renovations himself while he had a 99 year lease from the National Trust.

It transpires that Robert Louis Stephenson, the writer of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, was friends with Gertrude Jekyll's brother and his surname inspired the name of the story's protagonist.

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