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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 17 November 2014

Ickworth








This is the Rotunda at Ickworth House in Suffolk. It was built by Frederick Hervey, the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his treasures collected whilst touring Europe in the 18th C.




Hervey already owned several houses but this was designed and built as his own private museum. When he died only the rotunda was complete which his wife referred to as 'a moment of folly'. His son went on to complete the two wings of the house adjoining  the rotunda.








In the basement is the restored 1930s servants' quarters.



This is where the servants would eat.

These are the family rooms above stairs. The house is full of paintings by well known artists, porcelain and Regency furniture as well as an exceptional collection of silver.











A silver fish collection






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21 comments:

  1. Interesting place. The focus often seems to be on the rooms the posh people occupied so it is good to see the servants' area was not forgotten.

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  2. Wonderful photographic tour ~ I would say you are enjoying yourself and getting out and about and doing wonderful photography!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol
    www.acreativeharbor.com

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  3. lovely place and impressive interor

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  4. I'd be more comfortable living in the servant's quarters.

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  5. I enjoyed seeing the servants' quarters. Quite a bit like the set for Downton Abbey, I think. Lots of interesting details upstairs.

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  6. Very informative and such good shots. I'd like to live in the servant's quarters, (as long as I didn't have to wait on anyone), I love the kitchen.

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  7. Like the others, I'd also like to live in the servant's quarters so long as I wasn't actually a servant. The silver fish collection is neat, too!

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  8. Wow - looking at the photographs is almost taking the guided tour itself. Such opulence! And the servants quarter is just as pretty.

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  9. What a beautiful building. And about your previous post - I love the Stones and am reading Bill Wyman's autobiography at this time.

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  10. a very lovely home and museum.

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  11. Yes, I was thinking the same - my home looks more like the servant's quarters than the upstairs. And what a lot of servants there must have been! Fantastic captures, thanks so much for sharing these with us!

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  12. Great tour. loved the chandeliers upstairs.

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  13. You have been getting around in your travels! What a beautiful house and nice it's now open to the public.

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  14. Yes, Downtown Abbey's times are gone today these houses are nearly all museums ! Would have loved to visit this too !

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  15. What a magnificent house! He must hav e had many servants to require such a large servant's dining area.

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  16. Imagine having your own private museum! Such opulence, but amazing to see and a very interesting post. I imagined the servants' quarters buzzing with conversation and laughter and maybe a little gossip as well :)

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  17. I love to tour places like that. The history is always fascinating

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