“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Philip Sassoon’s Port Lymne

Posted: January 21st, 2020 | No Comments »

I blogged some time back about Damian Collins’s biography of Sir Philip Sassoon, Charmed Life: The Phenomenal World of Sir Philip Sassoon. Philip, who died young just before the Second World War, is sadly largely forgotten now but was the most interesting of the section of the Bagdhad/Shanghai Sassoon clan that went to England. Anyway, I recently visited Philip Sassoon’s Kent estate Port Lymne, which is now the wildlife park started by John Aspinal. Anyway, a few photos of the house here…there are more pictures of the house today and back in its 1930s heyday on my instagram feed (oldshanghaipaul).

the main house
Sassoon’s initials in his garden…

the gatehouse to the estate
the gatehouse to the estate

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