As Victorian piles go ...
... you don't get much better than this. Royal Holloway College at Egham - opened in 1886 by Queen Victoria as a women's college, at a safe distance from the snares and sideshows of the capital city. In the original, almost overpoweringly period, buildings, there are two courtyards - the first has a statue of Queen Victoria, and the second of the founder and benefactor, Thomas Holloway, and his wife.
Thomas Holloway was an interesting guy - a multi-millionaire whose money came from his own brand pills and ointments. Anyone who has trwled through late Victorian newspapers will have come across the adverts. Few had any genuine medical benefit. But at least he put his wealth to good use.
I was at the college yesterday for a seminar (on oral history in South Asia, if you are curious). And a very productive one too. Alas, we were in one of the new buildings - not quite the same as looking out on quite the most visually remarkable building I've ever clapped eyes on.
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