14 Aug 2012

A sense of past times

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.


  1. Hi Linda, Haddon Hall is absolutely gorgeous. That is great that the Duke of Rutland and his wife are so generous in sharing their 'home'... Thank you so much for sharing this with us... FABULOUS!

  2. This is incredible! I can't imagine living there--the heating bills! But oh the beauty. So wonderful of them to share the history and the beauty.

  3. Sadly, I've never visited there but it looks a wonderfuly atmospheric place.
    Thank you for visiting my blog, nice to meet new friends.

  4. A delightful post, good to hear you will be posting more about Haddon Hall.

  5. What a delightful place to visit. Looking forward to more views.

  6. This is a great post and such an interesting one. Loved all the photos! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. It is lovely to meet you. I have added your blog to my blog roll and look forward to visiting again

  7. A dream for sure, Linda. I would liked to have walked beside you through the long gallery, mysteries unfolding...

  8. It's like nothing we see here in the USA. Beautiful and yet a little cold. I'd love to see the gardens.