Christmas is fast approaching which means the perfect excuse to enjoy the cold, crisp winter days surrounded by family, friends and beautiful Tudor mansion houses! I’ve been working hard on a bunch of super exciting creative projects this week, so thought i’d take a little time out to indulge in a spot of tea and cake at Ordsall Hall, one of England’s Award Winning stately homes which is more than 750 years old! Here are some of the snaps I took from our day out.
The History: Ordsall Hall has a very colourful past, originally the home to generations of the Radclyffe family, since its sale by the Radclyffes in 1662 the hall has been put to many uses as a working men’s club, a school for clergy, and a radio station amongst them there are even rumours that the Hall was used by Guy Fawkes during the time of the gun powder plots. The winter sun was shining so we wrapped up warm and began our journey of discovery.
The Beautiful Tudor Building: The majority of the original interior remains in beautiful condition, the tiles on the floor have seen some adventures, with a few cracks here and there they ooze character. The exterior for Ordsall Hall is breathtaking, the level of detail in the construction and the carving in the wood is magnificent. I always feel very much at home and very inspired roaming around these large stately homes.
Gunpowder, treson and plot: Harrison Ainsworth, in his 1842 novel Guy Fawkes, wrote that the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was planned by Guy Fawkes and Robert Catesby in Ordsall Hall’s Star Chamber. Guy Fawkes is supposed to have escaped capture by the King’s soldiers by way of an underground tunnel from Ordsall Hall!
Tea and Cake: What better way to spend an afternoon than sitting down to a slice of Vistoria sponge cake and a pot of tea with your Dad? After walking around the Hall we settled in for a slice of cake at the Ordsall Hall Cafe, which was delicious. We sat and mulled over the history and interior decoration of the building. Europe boasts so many old mansions houses and stately homes that are crumbling into disrepair. Ordsall Hall has recently been refurbished and only opened it’s doors to the public in 2011. There’s a whole array of events happening at the Hall like the BBC Philharmonic Brass Quintet Concert ‘Music for a Winter’s Evening’ taking place on December 7 at 8:00pm. I couldn’t think of anything more wonderful than listening to a brass quintet on a winter’s evening, so just had to book tickets. Hope to see you there!