Haddon Hall Derbyshire, a film makers dream location.
Haddon Hall is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. Present-day Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century to the early 17th Century, whereupon it lay dormant for over two hundred years from 1700 until the 1920s, when the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house and gardens, and once again made it habitable.
So the key was turned and other than a house keeper and gardener, the house was left untouched for two hundred years (I’m guessing more than one house keeper and gardener were involved.)
Such neglect has meant that many of its early features remain. This is the kitchen, to the left the chopping block, on the wooden uprights you can see the blackened burn marks, from the rush tapers used for light. I adore the stone step, just imagine how many feet have dashed across this threshold, to wear it so deeply,
The main entrance hall also shows where ancient feet have trod. I wonder what precious goods the chest on the left once held.
Only the very wealthy would have had goods to keep safe, deeds, fine linen, pewter; the family obviously had quite a bit to stash away.
Not sure they’d have a TV room though.
The house is decorated for Christmas, with music each day, handbells they day we visited, so pretty.
My it was cold though, it seemed a little warmer in the garden, in the pale winter sun
Rooms that had fires lit were very welcome.
Although some of the fireplaces seemed pitifully small, maybe the fourth chair leg was used to pep the fire up a bit?
On a more serious note, we paused to reflect that fire safety regulations were made and enforced as far back as Tudor times, the people of Grenfell Tower have been let down dreadfully by our government.
And many more people continue to live in homes that are unsafe. It’s appalling.