Fiona Horan

‘Herstmonceux Castle in the snow’ greetings card

£2.60

7″x5″ Christmas card of Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex in the snow, based on one of my large linocuts. Blank inside for your own message. It comes with a white envelope and cellophane wrap. UK p&p included in price.

9 in stock

Description

My large colour linocut of Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex adapted to create a wintry greetings or Christmas card.

The card is 7″ by 5″  or 178mm high by 127mm wide portrait format with the fold on the long side. The image goes right to the edge of the front side with no border. The card comes with diamond flap white envelope and clear cellophane sleeve. The card weight is 300gsm and is blank inside for your own message. Postage is by Royal Mail first class and is free for UK customers.

It would also look good framed!

Visitors can’t usually look inside Herstmonceux Castle as it belongs to a Canadian University, I believe. However, you can spend a happy few hours exploring the grounds which include woods and gardens. There is an impressive line of very old looking chestnut trees and a cafe. In the summer every year, the castle has a medieval festival at which you can see jousting and siege re-enactments. There are also a great many history enthusiasts camped out and wearing clothing of the era, who know all about various aspects of medieval life like archery, cooking and metalworking.

Next door to the castle and grounds is the sister attraction of Herstmonceux Observatory, the home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory after it left London in the 1950s for the clearer skies of Sussex. The main telescope was eventually moved again, to the Canaries, and the site at Herstmonceux has become a Science Centre, open to the public. Six telescopes still remain there, and there are often stargazing evenings.

Hopefully I will do a linocut of the telescopes at some point.