Castle

Legends of Lucknow: What’s in the Name?

By: Mackenzie M. Padula, 1/12/2021

LEGENDS OF LUCKNOW IS A SEGMENT OF THE CASTLE THEME THAT WILL EXPLORE STORIES THAT HAVE BEEN HANDED DOWN THROUGH GENERATIONS SURROUNDING LUCKNOW ESTATE. SOME OF THESE STORIES HOLD TRUTH, SOME WE ARE STILL SEEKING EVIDENCE FOR, AND OTHERA HAVE PROVEN TO BE FICTION. WHAT RUMORS, LEGENDS AND STORIES HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT CASTLE IN THE CLOUDS?

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Picture of Lucknow mansion with roses in foreground.

Did you know that the Castle is actually named Lucknow? Lucknow is the name that Tom and Olive gave their home and estate. We get a lot of questions about where the name originated from but we do not know where this name came from – if Tom or Olive ever wrote down their reasoning, we do not have that documentation. There are various theories as to why the property is named as such. The Lucknow poem attributed to Olive suggests that the name is a play on words:

So to each is his desire;

And when the day too soon has past,

In the twilit hall, by the open fire

Each one agrees, “I’m in Luck Now at last.”

Although the poem hints at this wordplay, we simply don’t know if this was the original intention. It’s possible that the name came first, and the poem later.

There are several other “Lucknow” places around the world including:

  • Lucknow, India
  • Lucknow, Canada
  • Lucknow, Pennsylvania
  • Lucknow, Australia
  • and, a Lucknow in Scotland.

We often have visitors, particularly asking if there’s a connection to Lucknow, India. To our knowledge, Tom does not seem to have an association with any of these cities – we have no record of him ever visiting them or even knowing of them.

It wasn’t until the property sold for the second time after Tom’s death that the property was renamed to Castle in the Clouds in 1959 when it opened to the public.

Where do you think the name, Lucknow, came from?

 

 

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