Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Let there be light, and transparency

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It might have been cold the day we visited Haddon Hall, but at least it was bright. We’ve had some very wet, slag grey days this last week, I doubt we’d have managed to see some of the historic detail had we been there on those days.

The windows at Haddon are beautiful.

Haddon leaded light

We debated the windows, Mr Uphilldowndale said the undulating waves of glass was a feature designed to add strength, I said it was to make it look sparkly.

Haddon leaded light 3

During the 19th and early 20th century a great number of important medieval houses were restored and had their windows returned to an earlier style of glazing. The glazing of the western range of Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, is particularly effective as each pane is set at a different angle to those adjacent, creating jewel-like facets when seen from the exterior. 

Look at the graffiti,  you’d need to be posh to leave your mark, back in the day, not every one had a precious stone ring, with which to make a statement. Haddon leaded light writing_

this window tells you what a posh gaff it is.

Haddon leaded lights  panel.jpg

A very pretty addition to the Christmas decorations was the Wishing Tree, set by the window and bathed in sunlight, it was beautiful in its simplicity

Haddon wishing tree

You could add your own wishes if you  wanted too. I guess we all have many things to wish for in 2019,  I for one wish for a little more light and transparency from our world leaders and politicians, is it too much to ask?

Haddon wishing tree 2

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

4 thoughts on “Let there be light, and transparency

  1. It is not too much to ask but it is very doubtful as to whether your wish will come true. There seems to be no way a politician can be held accountable for words or actions these days.

    I am glad that one of you had the correct solution to the question of the glazing.

  2. Good post and lovely pictures. As for politicians I have little respect for, or trust in, many of them nowadays. xx

  3. I well remember the time that ‘transparency’ began showing up news reports and politicians’ speeches. At the time, I said, “They’re substituting that for truth.” Even lies can be transparent, I think — but perhaps that’s just me. In any case, I agree with your point, and I think the windows are glorious. Personally, I’d find a suitable punishment for those who scratched the glass. Perhaps a year in a room with no windows?

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