Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Sudbury Hall

Sudbury Hall was built by the prolific Vernon family (branches of the family were everywhere) between 1660 and 1680 and I suppose counts as a restoration house. It is notable for its great staircase and long gallery.

It is now in the care of the National Trust and is one of my favourite properties, not just for its architecture and art. It contains the rather wonderful Museum of Childhood which is a nostalgia fest!!


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Kedleston Hall

Kedleston Hall is a large property owned by the National Trust in Derbyshire. It was the seat of the Curzon family (one of whom was viceroy of India hence the property contains many fine Indian artifacts).

The house was designed by the Palladian architects James Paine and Matthew Brettingham and was loosely based on an original plan by Andrea Palladio for the never-built Villa Mocenigo. At the time a relatively unknown architect, Robert Adam was designing some temples for the garden to enhance the park. The then Lord Curzon was so impressed Adam was put in charge of the new mansion.

The church is in the care of the excellent Churches Conservation Trust.... it is one of my favourites.