Hardwick Hall - is where we visited
yesterday - in Derbyshire - not too far
away from our home .
It is one of Britain's best and complete
Elizabethan properties . With many tapestries
paintings and furniture from the 16th century .
The entrance that greeted us ..
Of course - no photos we allowed inside -
many items were very fragile and shown in
their dimly lit rooms with blinds for
protection from the sunlight .
But i did manage to get these -
in the restaurant which was part
of the side building .
There were big wooden benches and tables
which you sat at - which felt unusual !
And i sneaked taking these - from where we were sat .
Although no-one said not to take any photos inside .
An old oven ..
Copper utensils everywhere and metal plates
And a stove and another oven - i think
2 postcard scans below ..
The blue room - with rich tapestries
lining the walls ..
The High Great Chamber .
Above the dado rail were freezes of
scenes - trees animals people .. Quite the best
decoration i have seen. As it was not flat looking
it looked like plaster or wood added to give a 3D effect .
Outside in the grounds ...
Just behind a wall - was the old Hardwick Hall ruins ..
Huge fireplace - with plaster still on the walls -
after hundreds of years ! Dotted about were many
plaster pieces - and i felt it was a shame to leave it
exposed to the elements .