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
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,