Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll
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Nostell Priory

I'm way behind on typing up my adventures, not to mention on keeping up with what other people are doing, but here goes... On Sunday 22nd June 2014, we went to Nostell Priory. We arrived on Armed Forces Day, which meant a while load of events were going on in the grounds, but inside the house was relatively quiet:

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The current Palladian house was designed for Sir Rowland Winn, the 4th Baronet Winn, probably by Colonel James Moyser in the first half of the 18th Century. The house is furnished with an impressive array of Chippendale and Gillow furniture, the latter of which had Dad talking to the staff and volunteers at length.


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There were also some impressive paintings, and decorated doors and ceilings, and a spot of unexpected entertainment was provided by an escaped balloon, which the staff had to retrieve:
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On the day we visited, the very top floor was open, giving us a chance to look up towards the former servants' quarters, and down the full height of the stairs:
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Upstairs, we explored some particularly splendid bedrooms and a bathroom:
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Before returning to the ground floor and the kitchens, where I found a wooden Ewbank sweeper, and a rather clever way of storing decanters:
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Also worth a mention are the dolls house and the various other museum pieces collected by members of the Winn family over the centuries.

More photo adventures as and when I get catch-up time in which to post them.
Tags: architectural heritage, for reference, inspiration, out and about, photos, real life
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