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Sizergh Castle and Garden

Sizergh Castle and Garden is a stately home and garden at Helsington in the English county of Cumbria, about 4 miles south of Kendal. The castle, a grade I listed building, is in the care of the National Trust along with its garden and estate, it is the home of the Hornyold-Strickland family. In 2016 the Sizergh estate was included in the newly extended Lake District National Park; the earliest part of the building is a tower of fifteenth century date. There are oak-panelled interiors, including the Inlaid Chamber, where the panelling is inlaid with floral and geometric patterns in pale poplar and dark bog-oak; the contents of the Inlaid Chamber were sold to the Victoria and Albert Museum in the 1890s and it was displayed as a reconstructed period room. The return of the panelling to its original location at Sizergh was advocated by among others Mark Girouard, an authority on England's country houses; the panelling returned in 1999 under a long-term loan. In 2017 it was reported; the bargeboards date from the seventeenth century.

The Castle contains a variety of paintings, including the following: a collection of portraits of the Catholic Royal Stuart family reflects the Strickland family's links to the Jacobite court in exile at Saint-Germain-en-Laye. There are portraits by Alexis Simon Belle, painter in ordinary to James VII & II and the Old Pretender, of Queen Mary of Modena and her daughter Princess Louisa Maria. Strickland family portraits, including works by local artist George Romney, a portrait of Mrs Anne Strickland by Harriet Strickland, a portrait of Lady Edeline Sackville; the Deincourt family owned this land from the 1170s. On the marriage of Elizabeth Deincourt to Sir William de Stirkeland in 1239, the estate passed into the hands of what became the Strickland family, who owned it until it was gifted to the National Trust in 1950 by Gerald Strickland, 1st Baron Strickland's grandson Lt. Cdr. Thomas Hornyold-Strickland, 7th Count della Catena. Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII and a relative of the Stricklands, is thought to have lived here after her first husband died in 1533.

Catherine's second husband, Lord Latymer, was kin to the dowager Lady Strickland. It was extended in Elizabethan times. Sir Thomas Strickland went into exile with James II. Around 1770, the great hall was again expanded in the Georgian style; the Castle was featured in the ITV documentary Inside the National Trust. A room, now restored and known as the Inlaid Chamber, is the subject of Letitia Elizabeth Landon's poem The Queen’s Room, Sizergh Hall, Westmorland published in 1835; the garden has a kitchen garden as well as an award-winning rock garden. The rock garden, constructed in the 1920s, is the largest limestone rock garden belonging to the National Trust. Sizergh houses part of the National Collection of ferns which are to be seen in the rock garden, the stumpery and the orchard. In 1336 a grant from Edward III allowed Sir Walter Strickland to enclose the land around Sizergh as his exclusive park; the estate covers 647 hectares. There are various types of habitat on the estate. For example, in 2014 it was reported that 35 ha of wetland habitat was being created in the Lyth Valley on the western edge of the estate.

The project received funding from Natural England as part of a higher level stewardship scheme. It is hoped to attract other wildlife. Sizergh has received support from the Morecambe Bay Nature Improvement Area, launched in 2012, it received three years of government grant funding. Projects continue under the auspices of a registered charity; the Sizergh estate is a good place to see birds. For example, hawfinches are attracted to the area because of its hornbeam trees, these birds sometimes come close to the main car park. Fritillary butterflies live on the estate. Grade I listed buildings in Cumbria Listed buildings in Helsington Castles in Great Britain and Ireland List of historic houses in England Strickland Michael Waistell Taylor. "Sizergh Castle". The Old Manorial Halls of Westmorland & Cumberland.. Kendal: T Wilson. Carlisle: Charles Thurnam and Sons. 1892. Pages 182 to 198. Michael Waistell Taylor, "Sizergh, No. 1" 10 Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society 48 John F Curwen, "Sizergh, No. 2" 10 Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society 66 Ian Goodall, "Privacy and Over Extension: Walter Strickland's Rebuilding of Sizergh" 82 The Antiquaries Journal 197 "Helsington: Sizergh Castle, Sizergh" 7 Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archeological Society 257 Anthony Emery.

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Stephen Sohn

Stephen Sohn is a Korean American model. Sohn was born in California with parents of Korean origin. During his childhood, he was raised in South United States. Sohn attended The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania where he was a top scorer student, he graduated with a degree in Economics and Mathematics from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, he admired a Thai beauty queen Charm Osathanond, Miss Thailand Universe 2006. Sohn's modeling career takes place in Thailand where he was introduced by Haruehun Airry. Sohn debuted his modeling career with Thai leading magazines namely Lips and Volume in 2009, he participated in fashion catwalks in the downtown Siam Square and in the same year modeled for Zenithorial in the ELLE Fashion Week in Bangkok, Thailand. His work became reputed on social media, he was listed on polls across Asia. Sohn was voted as one of the most desirable guys of 2009 by T-Pageant, the largest beauty pageant community in Thailand, he became a strategic pricing business analyst in Minneapolis and has not modeled since despite significant support on social media space and published magazine articles namely Men's Health Thailand for instance.

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Mark Lewis Taylor

Mark Lewis Taylor is Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, his major interests are in the political philosophy of religious practices and theological discourse in Christian communities and broader social movements. He served as Chair of the Religion & Society Committee at Princeton Seminary. Taylor received the Best General Interest Book Award for his earlier book, The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America, he is founder of Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal. The Theological and the Political: On the Weight of the World. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2011. Interview on book at The Immanent Frame Religion and the Christian Right: Post-9/11 Politics and American Empire. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005 The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001 Reconstructing Christian Theology, co-edited with Rebecca S. Chopp. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1994 Remembering Esperanza: A Cultural-Political Theology for North American Praxis.

Maryknoll, N. Y.: Orbis Books, 1990. Reissued with a new Preface, 2005, Fortress Press. Paul Tillich: Theologian of the Boundaries. London: Collins and Harper & Row, 1987, paperback published by Fortress Press, 1991) Beyond Explanation: Religious Dimensions in Cultural Anthropology. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1986. Official website