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Old May 27, 2007, 9:29 PM   #1
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Here is a doorway in Hammond Castle in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. Although the castle was built in the 1920's as a gift to his wife, portions of the building were from old buildings.

This is a 15th century doorway from the ruins of a French chateau. It was shipped to Gloucester in 45 pieces and put back together in the courtyard of the castle. The courtyard is an array of old doorways, windows, storefronts from the 13th - 16th centuries. Also, a large pool in the center. So, photos were difficult to get working around the pool and the numerous plants.
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Old May 27, 2007, 9:31 PM   #2
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Here is a closeup from the staircase to the right of it.
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Old May 27, 2007, 9:39 PM   #3
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NhMom,

Sounds like another story of someone with too much money and not knowing what to do with it. The pieces you photographed are of course classic and certainly demonstrate what new money can do to try and get old money status.

Aloha and thanks for sharing.
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Great shots of an interesting place.

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Thanks, Selvin and Cal. It was a beautiful place. Lots of little nooks and crannies. You never knew where the next sprial staircase was going to take you.

Mr Hammond and his wife had no kids. So, the money was donated to keep the castle running as a museum. Although, it ran out long ago. Now it is the entry fee, weddingsand donations that keep it up.

My son and daughter-in-law are thinking of having their wedding here. No A/C, but if the weather's cool it would be a nice place. Overlooks the ocean.
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