"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Friday, 9 December 2011

Christmas at Baddesley Clinton

I stopped off at Baddesley Clinton this afternoon partly to have a look round the National Trust Shop and partly because I wanted to have a look inside the House which had been decorated for Christmas.

Baddesley Clinton is a medieval moated manor house in Warwickshire which dates from the fifteenth century. It was home to the Ferrers family for 500 years and in Elizabethan times was a haven for persecuted catholics. David and Emily loved it here when they were little - its got 3 priestholes, ghosts and a mysterious, indelible blood stain in the library said to be connected with the murder of a Baddesley priest who was romantically involved with a Nicholas Brome's wife.

The Courtyard

Every room in the house seem to be decorated for Christmas even the bedrooms. In the dining room the table had been set for a Victorian Christmas dinner and there were even displays of old Christmas cards. I had the usual problems with low light, high ISO and very very slow shutter speeds as flash photography was not allowed so most of the photos were very blurred. I've selected a few of the slightly better ones below to give you an idea of the interior of the house.

Christmas Tree near the restaurant

There were some nice heron sculptures for sale.

I had been hoping to go a walk round the grounds but I had spent far too long in the house and it was time to leave after a quick look round the shop where I bought a Christmas decoration for home.


Pete said...

thanks for sharing. really like Baddesley and Packwood!!

Ragged Robin said...

Thanks Pete. Its some years since I've been in the house and I'd almost forgotten how lovely it is - fascinating history too!

pooks said...

This is so wonderful. My husband and I spent a day at Baddesley Clinton in March 2011 and I can't wait to return someday.

Ragged Robin said...

Many thanks for your comment Pooks. Baddesley is lovely at all times of the year - hope you manage to visit again soon.