The Brighton Pavillion was actually the seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, who became the Prince Regent in 1811, and King George IV in 1820. It is built in the Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India for most of the 19th century. The current appearance of the Pavilion, with its domes and minarets, is the work of architect John Nash, who extended the building starting in 1815. George IV’s successors William IV, and Victoria, also used the Pavilion, but Queen Victoria decided that Osborne House should be the royal seaside retreat, and the Pavilion was sold to the city of Brighton in 1850.
Most of the Royal furnishing are still there and you can walk thru most of the building as it would have been during King George’s reign. The chandeliers in the dining hall are over 700 lbs and are made of steel instead of precious metals. They are very massive and I have wondered if the people eating there might have worried about them falling on their head.
Although built in the Indo-Saracenic style, the inside reflects a beautiful Chinese motief all thought the building. The dragons woven in the carpets as well as the wallpapers depicting Chinese design are very rich and beautiful.
Well, that’s all the news from the south,
Happy” farming” to all the farm girl sisters out there.
See you next time down on the farm.