Sudbury Hall is a magnificent building indeed with a great deal of incredible carved details in the ceilings, wall panels and other decorative details. It is a joy to visit and so is the Museum of Childhood which is housed in some of the old stable buildings. I will do a post about that another day.
Today though I wanted to share a few glimpses of Sudbury Hall with you.
The wonderful old brick façade greets you immediately as you arrive. It is so warm and welcoming.
Of course we had to pretend to ring for the butler! What else would you do.
Many great details that I love to photograph. This is a fire dog. Not a real dog of course, just part of the grate that holds the logs for the fire.
You can see some of the amazing carved ceilings that there were. The work really was incredible. I don't think that I have ever seen ceilings like this anywhere else.
Of course I photograph more mundane things too that appeal to me!
Then I return to the more ornate details.
The stand above is called a dumb waiter and was used so that dishes could be bought into the dining room, put to one side and then the diners could help themselves. No need for the butler or footman to hang around.
The kitchens were surprisingly small I thought. But there were still interesting details such as the pressure cooker than you can see in the photo below. The room guide and another visitor were discussing how terrifying they thought that pressure cookers were!
Isn't this library fabulous!!! There is a project being undertaken at the moment to conserve all of the books and it is apparently being done by volunteers. It must be fascinating work. There are an awful lot of books to get through though!
There was an exhibition through various parts of the house of pieces of needlework that had been done taking their inspiration from the house. I only photographed one of them because I couldn't get good shots of the others. This piece is very interesting though. You can read more about it below.
Our visit then came to an end and we excited at the rear of the house. The gardens are small, but beautiful!
You can see that the rear of the house is just as imposing as the front is!
I hope that you are enjoying these posts, I will return to crafty things I promise, but right now I am mostly working on secret things that I cannot share and I really want to get these travel posts organised and shared with you otherwise you will not get to see them!
If you would like to any more information you can find out about the property here.