Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Overbeck’s House and Garden



Overbeck’s is an Edwardian house, that is home to an eclectic collection of, stuffed birds, beetles, bones, dolls, nautical artefacts and the rather eccentric inventions of the houses one time owner Otto Overbeck. 

But I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been allowed to photograph them, so I didn’t ask. (Oh, I now read the rules have changed a little, but does posting images on your blog count as private use? I dunna know, answers please.

Girl in garden-2

During World War One, Overbecks was used as a hospital

Mr & Mrs Vereker, who, in memory of their son, killed in the WW1, offered their new home to the Red Cross Society to be used as a Voluntary Aid Hospital for the treatment of convalescent British and allied troops.

A world away from the horrors of the trenches, over a thousand troops stayed here during that period, all survived and five left with new brides!

Overbeck's 2-2

I spent my time in the garden, there was tour of the garden ongoing, with one of the gardeners,

Garden tour overbeck's-2

But I took my own path, I was in no mood to be hurried

Detail Overbeck's-2


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

5 thoughts on “Overbeck’s House and Garden

  1. Took your own path, eh? Why am I not surprised? But these are lovely glimpses of Overbeck’s, and fascinating side trails to follow.

    Do you know what I often think as I visit here? And what I thought when I was in Cumbria in person, for that matter. England seems a tidy place, where nature is generally beloved, protected–and tamed. At least on land. Perhaps the utter untameability of the sea is what inspired the Victorians to set about taming every square inch of land? And perhaps I have no idea what I’m talking about, which is very likely, and people will tell me about wild places where I could lose myself in a heartbeat. I’m just curious about all that. Very curious indeed.

  2. That looks like a photographer’s paradise, Uhdd. Lots of wonderful things to photograph. I don’t blame you for not joining in the tour group. You might have learned a few bits of wisdom about the garden, but you definitely would have been hurried along.

  3. It annoys me exceedingly when museums and such places forbid photography, especially those supported by public money, as I don’t believe that posting a photo or two on my blog is going to hurt their trade in books and postcards. In fact, it might even encourage someone to visit.

    It’s best always to ask what the precise rules are. Many places allow you to take photos “for your own use” without defining what exactly this means. In one case when I specifically asked about posting photos to my blog I was told that this was not allowed but they had to go all the way up to the top man to get this decision so I bet it wasn’t in any written rules anywhere. Maybe on a good day he would have said OK. I won’t ask another time.

    I would suggest that if some usage is not specifically forbidden in the document you sign, then it’s permitted. (They may have forgotten to put it in but that’s their problem, not mine.) So the clue is to read carefully whatever piece of paper you sign and perhaps ask for a copy to take away with you.

  4. When I was at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, I had to sign a form saying I would never sell or publish photos taken there, so I asked them about posting on blogs. They said blogs were personal use as long as the images were not on sale and credit was given to the place. I did post them on wordpress, but not on redbubble as they are available for sale on that sight.

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