Belton House is a country estate of Brownlow and Cust familes and is located near Grantham. The house was built between 1685 to 1688 by Sir John Brownlow and has remained in the family until the National Trust took ownership in 1984.
Surprisingly I didn’t recognise the house, despite being an avid fan of the BBC’s adaptation of Helen Creswell’s spooky Moondial from 1988.
The West Entrance to Belton House.
Statues in the West entrance court yard.
We took the “Below Stairs Tours” which provide a fascinating insight into the lives of the servant at Belton House during the 1900s and is must for any Downtown Abbey fans.
Walking around Lincoln it is hard to miss the cobbled, nostalgic Steep Street. The street certainly lives up to its name, being a 1 in 7 gradient, which meant a bit of huffing and puffing as we slowly made our way up. At least there were plenty of shop windows to stragetically stop in front of and peer into.
Steep Street is full of independent shops, tea rooms and pubs as well as historic buildings with the top of the hill leading to the entrance of the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral.
Half way up the hill was this lovely little Antiques Centre which caught my attention with all these vintage signs outside the shop.
I couldn’t walk past with out capturing this typical railway sign from Midlands Railway (1899).
An antique Wills’s Gold Flake cigarette advertising enamel sign.
Antique Sunlight Soap enamel advertising sign.
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Time to brush the bank holiday cobwebs away with a walk over to Bidston Hill to the Bidston Windmill.
There has been a windmill on this site for nearly 400 years. The current brick windmill replaced a wooden peg mill which was destoryed in gales in 1791.
“Excuse me—I don’t want to be inquisitive—but should I be right in thinking that you are a Daughter of Eve?”
To get away from the computer, we drove out to Winchester and spent a lovely afternoon wandering round one of our favourite cities exploring second-hand bookshops and sampling the delights of boutique cafe Ginger Two for Tea, which is obviously a very popular destination for locals and visitos alike. But a trip to Winchester is not complete without visiting the cathedral, and capturing a picture of the red doors.
With it being so crazy, mad busy at work at the moment it has amazed me that I even found an opportunity to grab this picture on the way out of work.
No tripod, so I was pleased I was able to capture a reasonably in focus shot, though it is a little grainy due to the high ISO.
Away from my desk today for a meeting up in London at the LSE library.
In the central atrium of this impressive library building is this stunning spiral staircase.
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Tagged 2013, 2013PAD, architecture, central atrium, Interiors, January, Libraries, London, Photography, spiral staircase, Staircase