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LEITH HILL PLACE

Leith Hill Place dates from around 1600, but was completely refurbished in Palladian style in about 1760 by a Bristol merchant, Richard Hull – who built nearby Leith Hill Tower.  It was bought in 1847 by Josiah Wedgwood III, grandson of the Josiah Wedgwood who founded the Wedgwood pottery business.  Josiah was married to Caroline Darwin, brother of Charles, author of ‘On the Origin of Species’.  One of their daughters, Margaret, married Arthur Vaughan Williams, but he died young and Margaret moved back to Leith Hill Place with her three young children. Her youngest son, Ralph, (‘Rafe’) went on to become the well-known English composer whose works include the Lark Ascending.  Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) inherited the property from his brother in 1944 and gave it to the National Trust.  It was subsequently leased by other members of the Wedgwood family, became a boarding house for a nearby college and then opened to the public in 2013.
It has a relaxed, informal, atmosphere - unlike many other National Trust properties.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Near Coldharbour
Dorking
County
Surrey
Post Code
RH5 6LU
Main Historic Period
Georgian
Link to featured article
Primary Management
National Trust
ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place over several nights each August, coinciding with the Edinburgh Festival. It began in 1949/1950 and consists of military displays and music performed by British, Commonwealth and other nations' armed forces. The event takes place in a dramatic setting on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade at the top of Castle Hill, with audience stands erected high over the City. The Edinburgh Tattoo is seen by in excess of 200,000 people every year, with a high proportion of visitors coming from overseas. It is also televised and viewed by audiences worldwide. Tickets sell out fairly quickly. Though international in nature, there is a strong Scottish feel to the Tattoo. The traditional ending is a performance by the massed pipes and drums, the National Anthem and, finally, a floodlit lone piper playing a lament.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Tattoo Office
1-3 Cockburn Street
Edinburgh
County
Lothian
Post Code
EH1 1QB
Main Historic Period
Modern
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Held at Edinburgh Castle
Primary Management
Military

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