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Pemberley in Peril – Lyme Park Flooded

Lyme Park Flooded

Lyme Park in Cheshire, the location which was used as Mr Darcy’s Pemberley in the iconic 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice, has had to be closed after ‘significant’ flood damage.

Lyme Park Flooded

Lyme Park flooded last Wednesday (July 31st 2019) when streams and ponds at the estate in Cheshire burst their banks.

Paths, walls and fences were washed away, while a tractor had to tow cars out of the flooded visitor car park, and staff raced to protect the house itself; using sandbags to successfully stop the water from entering the building and damaging antiques.

There was constant heavy rain, falling on to waterlogged ground and adding to volumes of water in all the streams, ponds and lakes. Rain just kept building and building up, then at 4pm things suddenly went from manageable to panic. We were running around with sandbags as streams and ponds were bursting their banks and water was coming up through the drains.

The rain washed away a 30-metre stretch of dry stone wall that has stood for at least 300 years, and some big veteran trees have just given way because there is so much water around the roots. There is a beech tree which was probably 150 years old and an oak up to 250 years old.

Chris Dunkerley, Lyme Park Lead Ranger

The clean up operation is currently underway but it is no small job so may go on for some time. As such, at present it is unknown how long the estate will be closed for, but the National Trust have said that it will remain closed until at least the end of this Friday (Friday 9th August).


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Jane Austen News – Issue 118

The Jane Austen News dreams of Pemberley

What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 


A Dictionary of 19th Century Language

Oxford Dictoionary of 19th Century LanguageThis week the Jane Austen News has put our book recommendation for the week as the first item in the news as we’ve had  such a lovely time exploring the Oxford Illustrated Dictionary of 19th Century Language.

The illustrated dictionary is a new release this month and, unlike most dictionaries, is one we found ourselves reading more like a novel than a reference guide. Rather than dipping in and out for a definition for an unfamiliar word, we found ourselves too intrigued to stop at one definition, and instead felt drawn to keep turning pages.

Oxford University Press’s website describes the book thus:

This browsable and unique dictionary explains the interesting words found in 19th century texts studied at secondary school. With clear explanations, panels, and an illustrated section of photographs and artworks on the themes of transport, crime, fashion and more, it is an essential guide to help students enjoy 19th century literature.

 

A one-of-a-kind dictionary that makes sense of the language of 19th century texts for GCSE students and  beyond. Over 3000 words and meanings, including example sentences, and help with unfamiliar usage and dialects. Includes an illustrated section of photographs and artworks which brings alive the social context, politics and scientific developments in the 1800s.

We’d say that this is a good book for anyone who enjoys reading 18th and 19th century literature, not just students. In fact we enjoyed it so much that it was the inspiration for this weeks quiz.

If you’d like to find out more, or purchase your own copy (we couldn’t resist stocking it), you can do either or both here.

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