By trevsastar

Day 139/19. The Long Gallery, Montecute House

Montacute House is a late Elizabethan mansion with garden in the village of Montacute, South Somerset, England.
A notable feature of the house is the 172-foot (52 m) second-floor Long Gallery, spanning the entire top floor of the house; it is the longest surviving long gallery in England.
Long galleries were a feature of large 16th- and 17th-century houses and had many purposes, from entertaining to exercising during inclement weather; the Phelips children would lead their ponies up these stairs to ride in the gallery.
Today, it is used by the National Portrait Gallery to display part of its collection.

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