Monday, 14 October 2013
I was in Solihull on Friday afternoon (family chauffeuring duties!) and had two hours to spare so, despite the rain, I decided to visit Packwood House and Gardens and have a look round the house as I haven't been inside for years.
The House was restored and renovated in the 1920's and 1930's with the aim of recapturing its orginal 17th century style by Mr Graham Baron Ash who gave the property to the National Trust in 1941 in memory of his parents.
I know many National Trust properties are dark inside due to the necessity of drawn blinds and curtains to protect various treasures inside but this House was probably the darkest and gloomiest I've visited although the dire weather outside probably made it even darker than usual. In fact, I was having problems myself in seeing items in some of the rooms let alone trying to take any photos without flash.
So I concentrated on taking pictures mainly of some of the beautiful stained glass in the windows - most 16th and 17th century and some Flemish.
It appears Baron Ash hated disorder and untidiness!
I did manage to get a photo of the Great Hall this was originally detached from the main house and used as a cow-byre and barn. It was restored in 1924 and 1927 and connected to the House by a Long Gallery.
There are some beautiful tapestries on the walls but this was the only one where I could get enough light to even attempt a photo.
One of the rooms held a very interesting exhibition on textiles and dyes.
The Ireton Bathroom with some beautiful delft tiles.
It would be rather nice to have a bedroom with a view like this!
Having finished a tour of the house the rain had more or less stopped so I had a brief walk round the walled Carolean Garden which includes the
The gardens were looking very autumnal
I can't decide whether I like this photo or whether its total rubbish! The effect of moving flowers was created by the wind.
I had a walk round the lovely Kitchen Garden before leaving - still plenty of flowers in bloom and lots of pumpkins!
I have a feeling I'm overdoing the House and Garden posts in the course of the last week - hopefully a trip to a Nature Reserve next (if it ever stops raining and if the permit ever turns up :) )