Orley Farm. Country residence not far from London. The title site is actually two plots of land: the Old Farm, three hundred acres that have been let to an area farmer, and the eponymous farmhouse itself, with its adjoining two hundred acres. The house is where Sir Joseph Mason lived with his second wife, Lady Mason; the entire property was supposedly bequeathed to his youngest child, Lucius Mason.
At the time of the novel, Orley Farm consists of three buildings, “commodious, irregular, picturesque, and straggling.” This picturesqueness does not imply an unmodified landscape. All the buildings pertaining to farm work, for example, are hidden from view from the house. The immediate surroundings are nonetheless pleasant, including nearby apple trees that produce delicious fruit, even though their size is not up to those produced by modern scientific methods. All in all, the farm seems to be the perfect habitation for one of Trollope’s gentlemen, and thus perhaps worth Lady Mason’s machinations to secure it for her son; however, it is certainly not worth the splenetic greed that Mr. Joseph Mason displays in trying to retrieve it. Trollope gently pokes fun at Lucius Mason’s scientific future plans for farming, including the guano he is at pains to secure for fertilizer. As is the case for many locations in the novel, its features are rarely referred to again after their initial description.
Trollope modeled the farmhouse on Julian Hill, a real farmhouse near Harrow that Trollope’s parents built during his youth.
The Cleeve. Ancestral home of Sir Peregrine Orme, which is the ideal gentleman’s estate, in Trollope’s estimation. The house...
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