Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Lord Lichfield's Private Parts!

Shurgborough is in Stafford; the middlish part of England. It's been owned by the National Trust for a while, but they have recently acquired the apartments which were in the private ownership of the family and which were finally vacated by them in February.

When the Lichfield family left, they took all the fixtures and fittings with them, and it will take time to refurnish appropriately. The National Trust staff didn't sound particularly happy about this, so perhaps there were some "goings on or ill feeling"

Some of the private rooms are not open to the public yet, but many are, and we visited on the grand opening. Here are some pictures for you.

Listen, I know I have an odd sense of humour, but I wonder if your mind can put words into the mouth of this chap? Think of the title of the post, and where the damage to the statue is!

The Boudoir. Completely empty apart from the curtains and wallpaper.

A very pretty room indeed.

The wallpaper mentioned above. Think of the work in doing rolls and rolls of this.

Curtain headings. I seem to be getting quite a collection of photos of curtains from various stately homes. I'm glad I don't have to dust them, but aren't they pretty?

Such a lovely ceiling too. All painstakingly hand painted.

On the left: the last photo of The Boudoir showing the mirror surround and fireplace with it's folding screens attached at the sides.

Above is the round room at the end of the corridor where the family had breakfast. The window sills have been laid out with different things. Above is the marmalade and jam window, and below is the tea and cereal window. (The wooden box is for Twinings tea bags)

The rather old fashioned bath, with an astonishing array of perfumes around the outside.

And finally for today. Lord Lichfield's studio equipment.

The corridors are dotted with photographs of the family and portraits he took of famous people like Jean Shrimpton, Joanna Lumley, Mick Jagger etc. They all look very posed and a bit uptight to me. I suppose we've got used to a very different, relaxed, realistic way of photographing today, but I know in his time he was very well thought of.

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