Witley Court by Frederick Lampitt
A spectacular ruined stately home, where Bob Dylan went ghost hunting, the Sistene Chapel of the north, and a famous fountain.
A disastrous fire in 1937 may have robbed the country of one of its finest stately homes, but the ruins of Witley Court still draw visitors, with their evocative beauty and mystery.
Bob Dylan went ghost hunting there in the 1960's, and Procal Harum chose Witley Court as the backdrop for the video of their famous hit "A Whiter Shade of Pale".
One treasure that was mercifully spared from the ravages of the fire was the magnificent Great Witley Church.
Church ceiling - Picture by Mark Austin
This baroque masterpiece has ceilings painted by Antonio Bellucci, and the church also has beautiful stained glass windows, and the kind of acoustics musicians love.
In the grounds of the house is the recently restored Perseus and Andromeda fountain, which can shoot water more than 100 feet into the air.
Witley Court is ten miles north west of Worcester on A443, and the property is looked after by English Heritage.
last updated: 14/07/2008 at 10:42
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