A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"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
Thursday, 13 June 2019
Packwood House and a few photos from our garden
As promised in the last post a few photos from inside Packwood House
During the 1920's and 1930's Graham Baron Ash remodelled the Tudor Packwood House. He added extra rooms and turned a barn into the Great Hall. He gave Packwood House and land to the National Trust in 1941 in memory of his parents. He also left a Memorandum of Wishes explaining how he wished the house to be shown to visitors and asked for fresh flowers throughout. The house today is very much as it would have been when Baron Ash left in 1941.
Apologies for the quality of some of the photos - light was really poor in the house and even, after changing the iso and aperture, the shutter speeds were rather low!!
The Entrance Hall
The Ash family made their money from a galvanised steel business in Birmingham. Graham Baron Ash sold his interest in it after the death of his father in 1925. He invested the money in stocks and shares. He never married but his sister Beryl and niece Bunty regularly visited.
The Long Gallery was built in 1932 to link the house with the new Great Hall. Much of the furniture etc came from other country houses which were being demolished.
The Great Hall converted from a barn in 1927.
Tapestry seen from the stairs.
The Ireton Bathroom was added by Graham Baron Ash and in fact he added en suites bathroom to all the bedrooms. This bathroom has antique Delft tiles and all bathrooms had the same taps and lion head.
I didn't take photos of all the rooms in the house - some were even darker than others! But here are a few pictures of the bedrooms etc.
The Drawing Room
A few photos from the garden here at home which I took last week when some of the days were drier!!!!!!
Mock Orange is now starting to flower as are
Common Carder Bee
All photos taken by me the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera
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