This is the 14th century Banqueting Hall at Haddon Hall. This room, together with the kitchens, the parlour and Solar Chamber (above) was the principal living area. Called the Great Hall it would have been set in an open quadrangle to minimize the risk of fire spreading.
Do you think it looks like a film set? It has been on many occasions, but neither is Haddon a museum. The present Duke of Rutland, Edward Manners, and his wife live there and welcome visitors who can appreciate a house and estate with a history that stretches back to medieval times.
Haddon Hall has been the location for many films and television dramas, including Pride and Prejudice, The Princess Bride, and both Zeffirelli's and Fukunaga's film versions of Jane Eyre.
At the moment there is an exhibition of some of the costumes of Jane Eyre (the films and BBC mini-series) in the Long Gallery.
You can see down the length of the Elizabethan Long Gallery. It was one of the last rooms that I went into in the late afternoon. For a while I was the only visitor there except for one of the helpful guides sitting quietly by the door ready to answer questions. In the silence of that room there was quite an atmosphere of past times. It was rather strange passing the static models dressed in
beautiful costumes. In addition, the Bronte novel is a favourite of mine. The length and width of the gallery and the huge windows would normally give a sense of light and space for indoor walking
and sitting. The windows overlook the beautiful terraced gardens.