Travel Shot: Heritage Kennel

27 June 2009: Dido's Kennel

It is no secret that the British are very particular and serious about their heritage structures, which are graded according to their importance. During my year-long stay in London and travels in England, I lost count of the number of heritage structures I saw and visited. In fact, I even lived in one !

But even this did not prepare me for seeing a kennel which has been accorded a heritage. Reportedly the only Grade 1 heritage structure of a kennel in the world, it used to house a St. Bernard, named Dido ! The kennel is taller than me (I’m 5’4″) and looked quite roomy, though I did not test it out. 🙂

The heritage kennel is on the grounds of Ightam Mote, another heritage structure, dating back to about 700 years, in the Kent region of England.

17 thoughts on “Travel Shot: Heritage Kennel

    1. I agree completely. The reverence and pride that the Brits have for their heritage and history, however unpalatable, has to be seen to be believed. I wish that we had inhereited this from them instead of the bureaucracy that we have been saddled with.

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  1. I think a modern structure in England will be a century old 🙂
    But it is sad that many of forts, palaces are in ruins in India and in rest of the world they cherish their heritage.


    1. I completely agree with you. In fact, one of my teacher’s in London was complaining about how her 150 year old house had to be repaired. When I told her that of course it would need repairs considering its age, she looked at me like I had made an insensitive remark ! She told me rather coldly that her house was “quite new” comapred to many others.

      And here in Mumbai 25 year old buildings are being torn down for redevelopment !


    1. Yes, lucky pet indeed. The funny thing was I was the only tourist there who went completely gaga over the heritage structure. Most of the other (Western) tourists did not even give the kennel a second glance.


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