Thursday, 24 November 2022

In the long gallery.

Lanhydrock house in Cornwall is a Jacobean marvel built in the 17th century. Tragedy struck in 1881 when a fire ripped through great swathes of it leaving a trail of destruction and devastation behind it. It underwent a massive rebuilding project to bring it back from the brink and restore it to the splendour you see today. Despite the carnage it wrought I'm pleased to say that the long gallery escaped the ravages of the smoke and flames and we were able to enjoy the stunning original ceiling. Various scenes from the Old Testament are depicted in the detailed plasterwork. On this occasion I am shamelessly sharing Mr GBT's photos for he's the one with the long lens😁 I wondered about how much to include in my post about our recent visit [this was our day of relaxation post the Dark Gathering dancing and before we had to travel back to Sussex], but in the end I have plumped for the part which made the greatest impression upon me!








Hope you all have a great weekend. More jobs for us, but I've been cracking on with my Mythago kit making this week so we'll make a bid for freedom on Sunday and go somewhere new.

Arilx



10 comments:

  1. Amazing! I can imagine generation after generation of children having great fun looking at all the different animals and mothers/older siblings/nannies asking "What is that one called?" whilst pointing upwards, just as we do with picture books today.

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    1. I'm sure our son would have enjoyed it when he was little. We did visit when he was 6 but I have no memory of the ceiling! Arilx

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  2. What splendid plasterwork! I'm glad it survived the fire. I do love to see people's interpretations of animals they'd only ever read about in books. That lion looks like he should be in an 1980s hair metal band!
    Have a fab weekend. xxx

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    1. My favourite is the elephant with cart horse hooves in Chester cathedral! Arilx

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  3. That's wonderous work up there. What fun it undoubtedly has provided to generations of children, looking for the animals.

    (Okay. I'd be the one lying on the floor studying the ceiling.)

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    1. Thankfully they provide mirrors as you do get a crick in the neck otherwise! Arilx

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  4. What a wonderfully cheerful hedgehog! I'd welcome that little fellow in the form of a plaque on my study wall.

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    1. I was very fond of the hedgehog too. Arilx

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  5. Although I live in South East Cornwall and have visited Lanhydrock many, many times, I have never been inside the house. I always had dogs, you see so we walked the grounds, the parkland, the many walks, admiring the scenery - especially the bluebells carpeting the ground under the trees - and the gardens from afar (because the dogs weren't allowed in there, either.) Now I have no dogs, BUT neither am I able to walk far so it's ironic that I can still only look inside that spectacular House through photos like yours and through books. But I hold on to memories of my visits during all the seasons and have many photos to look back on.

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  6. It is a wonderful place to go and it's been 20 years since we were last there so it was a treat to be able to come back. I took lots of photos for my own memories of the day. Arilx

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