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Things do sometimes look better in black and white.  Draining these pictures of colour helps to emphasise the strength and beauty of the building materials. These were all taken at Gray’s Court, a National Trust property with a fascinating history – from fortified medieval manor house to quiet country home – well worth a visit.

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Reeds in the thatched roof of the ice house

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Wooden donkey wheel

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Brick wall*

* Apparently all the bricks have different names – Ethel, Mildred, Josiah …