Francis Kirke Posted March 2, 2016 Share Posted March 2, 2016 Barn Elmes is located a few miles from Whitehall on the northerly loop of the River Thames between Barnes and Fulham in a quiet and rather clean stretch of river. The park and garden are expansive in the style of a country estate, and it is a frequent location of picnics and walks to the ladies and gentlemen of court. It is well-known for the outside to be open to such visitors. On any pretty afternoon punters can be found floating on the water and blankets spread out with laughter rising. Once the home the Duke of Buckingham provided for his boon buddy, Abraham Cowley, and a place of secret retreat for the King and some of the literary sect, the Duke has once again decided to place those who have his patronage here. Although a far cry from the splendor of his other residences, Barn Elmes is a generously spacious three-story home with many sets of rooms, parlours, a music room, and a small hall for entertaining. After seeing Heather in the morning, Francis had done little other than make a short appearance in the Presence Chamber and to see if he was needed before the opera. Since it was commissioned by the King, everyone expected that he would be seeing it. Besides that, he had been at home. In the late afternoon sunshine, Francis finally headed out to see his friend Master Cole. Tonight was his big night, along with Greyson and Lady Sophia, but Greyson would not be attending. Francis missed his other friend who was traveling in Italy. Unlike earlier, the blond had taken one of the Duke's carriages; since they would be traveling at night on the way back at the very least, it would be a bit too cold for horseback. Plus, Lucas should arrive in style. Buckingham would not was one of his artists to look like he was repaid poorly, after all. When they finally arrived at the river-side house, Francis headed toward the door. Being known to the house as Buckingham's close relation, one of the servants let him inside and went to tell Master Cole of his arrive, although, no doubt, he had heard the coach roll in. One of Buckingham's extravagances was hard to miss. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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