Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Baddesley Clinton 2 - The inside

The National Trust have only just begun to allow photos to be taken inside their properties, which is why you have been bombarded with historic house photos! 

This atmospheric house dates from the 15th century and was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. The house and interiors reflect its heyday in the Elizabethan era, when it was a haven for persecuted Catholics.  There are three priest's holes. There is a delightful garden with stewponds and a romantic lake and nature walk

The Priest holes.
 

I have photos of two of the priest holes entrances, and one showing the hiding place below the fireplace.

The flag stones in the picture are in fact attached to a board which lifts like a trapdoor to allow access. Difficult to see especially if you light a fire on top.


This one has a trap door which is visible in front of the alter. It's a small private chapel off of one of the bedroom. The larger family chapel is next door. Very religious family. 



This is where the fireplace priest hole ends up. Very tiny, and of course the lights are for our benefit. It would have been dark and smelly. Imagine a few days with no toilet in a confined space.
  

The third one is in the kitchen but it was too dark for a photo. (no flash allowed) Instead you have a table set for making apple pies. The recipe book is written by the lady of the house and all the recipes are in rhyme. This made it easier for the servants to remember as by and large they couldn't read.





The living room. Lovely fire.





The dining room. The hand shows a silver stirrup cup being turned over for use. It stand on it's head using it's snout and two ears like a tripod. You can just see it the right way up in the first photo.























 This wooden sideboard is used for storing linen but would have been for drink.
















A very early decorative glass panel. Amazing detail.



















The drawing room with piano and sewing box














One of the bedrooms with a four poster bed. That panel on top looks very heavy. I know if I was sleeping there, I'd be really worried about it falling on me.






The family chapel




Random photos: Books, and clothing of the time.







3 comments:

  1. i like the inclusion of rainbows in the photos :) looks like a beautiful place :)

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  2. The WestCountryBuddha11 May 2010 at 13:19

    We're really lucky and have 3 similar properties nearby. We are both members of the NT so have free entry. A great place for tea and bunnage on a lazy afternoon.

    Annabel

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  3. The line of that jacket is magnificent. Wouldn't mind one myself! Must put this property on my "to visit" list.

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