Monday, 18 October 2010
A friend and I recently visited Culross Palace, a late 16th - early 17th century merchant's house in Culross, in Fife. The palace (which was never a royal residence) or "Great Lodging" was constructed between 1597 and 1611. The palace is now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland who have restored a model 17th century garden, complete with raised beds, a covered walkway and crushed shell paths. The herbs, vegetables and fruit trees planted in the garden are those that would have been found in the early 17th century.
I was very saddened by the fact that the NTFS have a policy forbidding photography in their properties. Their stated grounds are conservation (flash is said to be able to damage things!) but the NT in England has largely abandoned that policy except in special circumstances. Presumably if flash is the problem flash photography could be forbidden. With modern digital cameras it is largely unnecessary anyway.