Sunday, 27 May 2012

# 217 Weekend outing: Upton House and Gardens

I hope you've enjoyed your weekend and if you're in the UK I hope you made the most of the sunshine, don't forget your sun cream though as it seems we'll still have a couple of days of sun and blue skies.

Early this morning we prepared a picnic and then went to Upton House in Warwickshire, Shakespeare's County.

Upton House was bought by Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted, as a weekend cottage and to house his art collection. He inherited his huge fortune from his father Marcus Samuel, 1st Viscount Bearsted, who together with his brother founded the Shell company in 1897.

The company name comes from the fact that Walter Samuel's grandfather imported shells from the Far East, shells were in great demand at the time as they were used in interior design. Samuel's grandfather himself used to decorate boxes with shells and when Marcus and his brother were looking for a name for the company they decided on Shell.

Upton House, view from the lawn at the back of the house.
The origin of the company name Shell.

If you want to see a few more pictures of Upton House, please find my Flickr page here.