A Summer Seduction

  • St. Margaret's baptismal font
  • Castle Cleyre
  • Castle Cleyre 2
  • Hadrian's Wall
  • Secret Staircase
  • Cleyre lower gardens
  • Shadow
  • View from Castle ramparts
  • Gorse
  • Northumberland countryside
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The church of St. Margaret's in Chesley played a part in all three of the St. Dwynwen series.  It was there that Damaris and Alec stood at the font as godparents at Matthew's baptism, and that memory is important to both of them.  I saw several ornate baptismal fonts like this one in English churches, even small village ones.  If you're wondering, as I did, where the baptism takes place, the steeple-like top part of the font can be attached to a chain and lifted up, and the bowl where they christen the baby is in the base of the structure.



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In A Summer Seduction, Lord Rawdon takes Damaris to his ancestral home, Castle Cleyre, in Northumberland.  Here, Bamburgh Castle looms over the Northumberland countryside just like Castle Cleyre.



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This is the view of Rawdon's castle up close.  Even this photo doesn't quite capture how huge the place is.



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This is the Roman ruin that Thea's brother, Daniel, was so excited to learn ran across Lord Rawdon's estate.  Several feet tall and wide enough stand on, it was built by the Romans across the north of England.  In this photo, you can see it stretching on in the distance.



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When I saw this tower staircase at Alnwick Castle, I knew it was perfect for the secret staircase in Castle Cleyre, leading from the floor above down to Lord Rawdon's bedchamber.  Doesn't this look like just the thing for making midnight assignations?



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This is how I pictured the gardens in back going down from Castle Cleyre.  Damaris would have come this way when she left the castle.



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This Irish wolfhound is  how I pictured Rawdon's boisterous, loving dog, Shadow.  Doesn't he look like he's just been out on the estate, splashing through the streams and rolling in the mud?

Photo credit: foalace



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Here is the view from the ramparts of Alnwick Castle, similar to what Genevieve would have seen as she watched Damaris leave.



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The bushes with the bright yellow flowers in the distance were gorse and broom; both have yellow flowers.  I asked our guide how you to tell the difference, and he said that if you fell into one, you would know, the gorse bushes being much more prickly!  This desolate landscape is how I had pictured most of Northumberland before I saw it.



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In contrast to the moors – and surprising me – Northumberland was quite beautiful!  Damaris would have seen scenes like this one as she and Alec traveled to Alec's ancestral home, Castle Cleyre.



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