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Thursday Doors at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A beautiful September afternoon at the Sculpture Park. Not many doors there, but across the lake, in the forest there is a well.

Lady Eglinton’s Well

After Sir Thomas Wentworth’s death in 1675, his wife, Grace, had the life tenancy of Bretton Hall. She remarried four years later and became Countess of Eglinton. This doorway was built into the rock face beside a quarry on the estate. Springwater flowed under the door into a pool and a trough, from which the local people could collect potable water.

Above the entablature there is a tablet which explains this. Unfortunately, the limestone owl above it has disappeared.

If you would like to see some of the sculptures, let me know and I will post a collection (but not under the heading of Thursday Doors!).