11 Sep 2016

Cannon Hall, nr Barnsley (2)

We continue with our tour of Cannon Hall with a look around the servants' quarters
and the gardens.


One of the butler's rooms in the servants' quarters.
Across from the butler's pantry was a window where the butler or the house keeper
 could look down on the work going on in the kitchen. This has been set up
 as it would have been in the Victorian period and used for
 educational purposes by local schoolchildren.  




The walls have been painted blue to demonstrate the idea that putting a blue bag
 (used in the laundry) into the white paint would repel flies and also give a sense of coolness in the kitchen. 




Next to the kitchen is the pantry room and the laundry room.


You could imagine an elderly member of the Spencer-Stanhopes
 steering this Bath chair around in the grounds pushed from behind
 by servants.


The entrance to the Walled Garden


the Kitchen Garden



Pear trees have been growing in the Walled Garden
for many years. Some growing up the high walls are decades old and its
 an important collection. There are over 40 varieties and every year,
 this year on the 18th of this month, Cannon Hall holds a Pear Day
 when the pears are harvested.
Activities include tastings and pear inspired refreshments.






There are two old greenhouses and a more modern construction (on the left).
A Muscat grape brought back as a pip by John Spencer-Stanhope
 from one of his Grand Tours was grown in the one on the right
and peaches are grown in one end of this glasshouse which has been 
rebuilt over time (date c. end of the 19th century).




Another glasshouse on the north side of the Walled Garden needs to be restored. Once fruits such as figs, vines, nectarines and apricots were grown there against the hot-wall heated by a boiler as well as flowers for use in the house.




Wandering along a path surrounded by magnificent mature trees a visitor comes across a wild area and a pond.  Cecily, the daughter of Sir Walter Spencer-Stanhope was involved in the 1870s in the design of this area called Fairy Land.  Placed amongst the vegetation are arches and pillars built from material taken from demolished buildings. It was fashionable at the time to create these naturalistic areas in contrast to the more formal gardens and in the case of Fairy Land vistas of the parkland can be viewed through the stone arches.
At an earlier period John Spencer, who inherited the house and land, had the vision and finances to employ a landscape gardener, Richard Woods and a gardener, Thomas Peach, in order to create something grander than what had been there previously.  Inspired by the great landscape designer, Capability Brown, the estate was transformed.  Lakes, bridges, cascades were built, hundreds of trees including a lime tree avenue were planted in the parkland.  Apparently Capability Brown visited and approved of the result.  As we stayed near to the house we didn't see everything in these extensive grounds.  Hopefully there'll be an opportunity to return.





I hope you enjoyed the tour!
Looking forward to reading your blog posts soon,
catching up with your news and in the meantime wishing you a good week,
Linda :)

29 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos of a great property. I am most impressed with that kitchen with all those areas and work spaces.

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    1. Going up and down stairs, looking into nooks and crannies, walking through rooms that demonstrate past times you get an idea of what it might have been like living and working in a big house. Very interesting.

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  2. Oh, I love places where you can really picture what life was like in the past!

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    1. These houses that have been set up to show how people lived in the past are fascinating. I'm sure the groups of schoolchildren who come and do activities in the kitchen enjoy the visit and learn a lot.

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  3. I enjoyed the tour very much, Linda. My favourite parts of any property are the kitchens and the gardens and all look wonderful:)

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    1. The combination of looking at the museum collections, touring the rooms and wandering around the gardens - not too big and overwhelming - made the visit very enjoyable.

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  4. I always enjoy looking at the servant's quarters and the kitchen when visiting large houses, I think you get more of a feel for the place as it's where everything was going on to keep things ticking over. I love the grounds at Cannon Hall, especially the walled garden, it's so big too.

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    1. There's something for everyone at Cannon Hall. The staff were helpful, I enjoyed the ceramic collections, living history rooms, talking to a volunteer gardener. Mr. P. was interested in the kitchen garden. Different aspects made it a good few hours out-and-about on a sunny day.

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  5. I could spend days in that house and just in the kitchen. all the sinks are wonderful. I sat and stared at the washroom for a while, all the details and the sinks there. love the view down on the kitchen. what a truly amazing place this is and one I would very much like to see

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    1. I haven't shared photos from different angles of the laundry room, but there were a lot more sinks! Imagine doing the laundry there - it must have been hard work.

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  6. Hi LInda, Great to hear from you. You are in my prayers daily.... What a gorgeous home and gardens.... The Walled Garden area could be our Biltmore --except that it is MUCH older with mature trees, etc....

    Interesting tidbit about using 'blue' to get rid of flies....

    I'll bet those pears are wonderful... YUM...

    Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you Betsy. From what I've seen of your photos I think Biltmore is bigger with more garden areas than Cannon Hall. I enjoy looking around a walled garden and this one has those amazing old pear trees growing against the brick walls of a former barn and elsewhere, many full of fruit ready to harvest.

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  7. I very much enjoyed the tour. Cannon Hall looks like a wonderful place to see how life was lived by upstairs and downstairs in the past. The colours of the walls look so clean and fresh - I wonder if that's how they were back then?

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    1. A visitor gets an idea of what it might have been like living and working there. The kitchen staff must have worked hard scrubbing the work surfaces and floors, keeping the range clean and fuelling the fires. I should think a lot of grime needed cleaning off those high kitchen walls from time-to-time.


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  8. What a wonderful tour. I loved seeing inside, especially the kitchen and pantry. And the gardens were just spectacular. Wow! Growing all that fruit and pears is quite amazing.

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    1. I would like to go back on Pear Day, but as it's next Sunday we won't be going back so soon after our visit. I'm sure the event will be interesting and fun.

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  9. Goodness! I can't imagine living in such elegance. No doubt I would have been more comfortable downstairs in the kitchen. Loved seeing all the gardens, especially the fruit trees. What a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Thank you for the tour.

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    1. I think life 'downstairs' in the kitchens would have been hard work and there would have been a 'pecking order' so it would depend on the personality of the Housekeeper, the Cook and the Butler and fellow workers whether it would be a good experience or not. Somehow I feel affinity with those who worked in the gardens and estate. I'm glad you found the tour interesting.

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    2. As long as I didn't end up as the Scullery maid!!

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  10. superbe , qu'elle merveilleuse visite
    il est agréable de s'imaginer tout ce monde travaillant pour un seul maître
    mon arrière grand -mère était gouvernante dans un château
    elle avait conserver une petite sonnette , qu'il l'appelait à son service
    c'est un de mes frère qu'il l'a
    j'espère que vous allez bien
    j'ai beaucoup de retard dans mes mails , car j'ai souvent des coupures d'internet
    bisous
    bonne semaine

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    1. Thank you Iris (Edith) for the visit. Thank you for sharing the fact that your great grandmother lived and worked as a governess in a château. That's very interesting. I hope you're having a good week. Internet problems can be frustrating. I have experienced the same problem recently.

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  11. Wonderful photo tour - love the colours. Clearly, Cannon Hall needs to go on the list!

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    1. Cannon Hall is well worth a visit. Thank you for your visit here. Leaving a comment is appreciated.

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  12. This was a wonderful walk round the garden, it made me realise how litte I though to learn about the gardens of Alnwick as I read everything that you told me...I just walked and enjoyed the scenery...next time I go to some gardens I think I will take a little more time to find out the 'why's and hows' too. I absolutely loved the kitchen...this would be a kitchen I wold be happy to make my jams in with the gingham cloths and cool colours.

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    1. I often have a short chat to the gardeners, either volunteers or council employees when I'm wandering around a public garden taking photos. You learn a lot from them and they appreciate the interest taken in their work. I'm pleased if a place of interest has information boards and labels naming the species of plants in a garden. I take a quick photo as a record so that I can read at my leisure at home or do further research and then, of course, it's good to just walk or sit and enjoy the experience of the visit.

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  13. What a beautiful place ! The Butler was lucky to have such a nice room. In those days the servants had to work very hard and often weren't well treated.

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    1. There was a narrow, winding staircase not open to the public. Probably it lead to the attic rooms where the other servants would have slept - very different from the Butler's and Housekeeper's accommodation.

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  14. A stunning place to visit. I love walking around walled gardens. The colours are beautiful as is the water lily :)

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    1. Dear Prunella, I hope you are well and enjoying the late Summer sunshine.
      Looking forward to hearing what you've been up to lately, Linda :)

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