Highclere Castle, Home to the Carnarvon family since 1679 PDF Print E-mail
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Magnificent Highclere Castle holds court over 1,000 acres of rambling parkland in Hampshire, England, just west of London. A testament to the lofty confidence and optimism of the Victorian era, the fabled estate has been home to the Carnarvon family since 1679. The existing structure was built on the site of a fortress that once stood on the foundations of a medieval palace the Bishops of Winchester owned for nearly eight hundred years. In 1838, at the request of the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon, architect Sir Charles Barry radically transformed the house into an elaborate dwelling that embodied the vivacity of a new age and the innovative cultural changes Queen Victoria initiated. Upon its completion in 1878, the castle rapidly became an elite political hub for the upper class during the latter part of the century. (Taken from Victoria Magazine September 2013)