Eastnor Castle Chilli Eating Competition 5th May 2013Clifton Chilli Club
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Introducing the Contestants:
Richard Lawrence, Martin Peers, Dean Fletcher, Jit Punn, Andrew Birch, Thom Birch, Lewis Hunt, Mark Tomlinson, Sam Ball, Steve Mills, Ricky Flower, Jason Marsden, Mark O'Donnell, Miles De Souza, Paul Stevens, Erica Schofield and finally Paul Elam
Massive thanks to the Sarah and the team at Eastnor Castle for a splendid location and event.
History from http://www.eastnorcastle.com
THE 1ST EARL SOMERS
"The family line emanates from two distinguished families, the Cocks and the Somers. The Cocks' family moved to Eastnor at the end of the 16th century. They bought the Manor of Castleditch and over the following 200 years gradually gained further land in the area.
The Cocks' married into the Worcestershire Somers' family, and it was the combination of their estates - including the valuable inheritance left by the Lord Chancellor Somers in the early 18th century and the banking wealth of the Cocks Biddulph Bank (now incorporated into Barclays Bank) - that gave the 1st Earl Somers the financial means to begin the construction of Eastnor in 1810. His cause was also aided by a judicious marriage to the daughter of the eminent and rich Worcestershire historian, Dr Treadway Nash.
At that time, the size and splendour of a country house were the most obvious indications of the standing and fortune of any family, and there can be no doubt that the imposing mass and scale of Eastnor was intended to reflect the personality and stature of its creator and pitch the family into the ruling classes for future generations.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CASTLE
The style proposed by the architect, the young Robert Smirke, was Norman Revival. From a distance, Eastnor was intended to create the impression of a medieval fortress guarding the Welsh Borders. The symmetry of the design emphasised authority, distinguishing it from the rambling, picturesque mansions of a slightly earlier period at Downton and Lowther, the latter also designed by Smirke.
By any standards, the Castle is a massive edifice and the construction team and materials used were on a similar scale. A workforce of 250 men working day and night were employed over the first six years of construction, and in the first eighteen months 4,000 tons of building stone, 16,000 tons of mortar and 600 tons of wood were used. The stone came from sandstone quarries in the Forest of Dean by canal to Ledbury, and from there by mule. Estate timber was used as much as possible, but the major roof trusses and beams are cast iron, a material used to save timber in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars when it was in great demand for shipbuilding. By the time the building work was finished in 1820, the Castle had cost £85,923 13s 11½d - about £8.5 million in today's terms."
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