Wednesday, 20 December 2017
A Tudor Christmas at Baddesley Clinton
B and I went along to Baddesley Clinton today to see the house decorated for Christmas.
Father Christmas and Reindeer were greeting visitors.
"Ecodolf competing with Rudolph to be lead reindeer. Loves: Having his belly scratched"
"Merry on a Diet"
"Rudolph - High energy food needed. Current lead reindeer. Loves: Scratches under the chin."
"Nursery - Mother: Comet Baby: Asteroid"
Baddesley Clinton on a gloomy day - the sun had been shining when we left home but it had completely clouded over by the time we got there!!
Baddesley Clinton was built by Henry Ferrers, a lawyer, diarist and antiquarian in the late 1500's and the house remained in the possession of the same family for over 500 years.
A few months ago dried flowers were brought into Baddesley by staff, volunteers and visitors. A workshop was held to decide on ideas for decorating various areas of the house for Christmas. This year NT Baddesle Clinton is focusing on the Tudors so it was decided to try and keep the decorations in the house as natural as possible using dried flowers, greenery and natural raffia. 24,428 dried flowers had been collected and it was calculated that 30 stems would be needed for each garland and 12 decorations per foot of Christmas Tree. On the 1st November volunteers, staff and visitors met at Lapworth Village Hall to begin making 100 metres of garlands and 500 tree decorations. Two thirds were made on the day and work on them then continued at Baddesley Clinton. The house was decorated week commencing 20th November when the Christmas Trees were delivered and, as you will see from the photos below, as well as the Christmas trees there are wreaths posies and swags in every room of the house.
Main door to the Gatehouse
Then into the house itself
Whenever I go to Baddesley I have to take photos of the stained glass - I know I have said it before but one day I will go along and take photos of as much of the heraldry and glass as I can.
The Great Hall
Aren't these balls of helichrysum flowers on the tree beautiful? I used to grow these flowers years ago in the garden for dried flower arrangements - I really must grow some again next year.
The Drawing Room
The Dining Room
More stained glass!
Moving onto the first floor
This is the "Blue Lady" - I did once ask a room guide if her identity was known and I gather some research into her was taking place - so when I visit again I will try and find out more.
Chapel - this is the first time I have managed to get a photo of this room - it is very dark in there and the Olympus could never cope.
The Upper Landing
The Great Parlour
I am so glad we made the effort to visit as the displays were so beautiful and it is a great idea to use natural materials as much as possible. So much work must have gone into the growing and drying of flowers and then the making and display of the decorations so all those involved deserve a huge thank you.
At this stage I tried to take a few photos of Timothy but sadly the camera battery failed. In the past I have only ever had one battery per camera but I think I will make the effort this time to buy a spare for the new camera which I can keep charged and carry with me. I experimented more with the camera today - light in the rooms at Baddesley is very low so I was pleased with the way the camera coped although I did have to go up to ISO 1600 at times! I need to experiment more with aperture to try and get close up items more in focus although I did use the macro facility more today. It is never easy to take too long over photos when you are with someone who isn't taking pictures!