Old and new – the original Mackintosh building at Glasgow School of Art standing just across the road from the new Art School building on the morning after its official opening earlier this year, and just over a month before the fire which devastated parts of the old building.
Lots going on at the moment so a last gasp entry this week!
An extra chair – hopefully waiting for me to sit in. Well – I did, but not for long as the family had been resting while I wandered around them with my camera and were just about ready to move on by the time I sat down! The dogs had already decided it was time to go and had wandered out of the shot! So I let them all head off around to the other side of the lake while I enjoyed a few moments of peace and quiet – and I got some good shots of them walking with the dogs across the water!
Another trip west and back again in the past few days to look after Granddaughter while her parents went away on an ’adults only’ weekend on the West Wales coast. Left with a whole weekend to fill I looked for somewhere new to explore on Saturday and, as I have National Trust membership for both of us, that seemed an obvious place to start. We’ve already visited quite a few of their sites in the area, but there are still plenty of others. This time I chose Moseley Old Hall, partly because it had a story attached to it which I thought she might be interested in. I will add that she has a thirst for knowledge on all subjects and, as long as there is space where she can run around, she is quite happy looking round ‘old houses’!
Moseley Old Hall is quite a small property in National Trust terms. A late Tudor house built in 1600 and famous as one of the hiding places of Charles II during his escape to France after being defeated by Cromwell’s army at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. A Royalist, Roman Catholic household, complete with chapel, resident priest and priest hole to hide him in when the authorities came knocking… and very useful for hiding the fugitive king. Fortunately Granddaughter was fascinated by the story and had plenty of questions to ask. She was equally fascinated by the peacock roaming around the orchard where we had our picnic lunch!
I’ve included one shot of the parlour and couldn’t resist adding a view through the parlour window out onto the main gate and the ‘cottage’ garden. The others are taken at different points in the main hall, one showing the staircase where Charles was hurriedly taken to the priest’s bedroom, now known as ‘The King’s Room’ and still containing the bed that he slept in. The interior was heavily panelled and rather dark so I’ve used the ‘fill light’ option on each one – I don’t like using flash in places like this as I think it spoils the atmosphere for other visitors looking around. I’ve also added a view of the front of the house, looking onto the outside of the door and windows in the other shots. The original Tudor timbers were encased in brick by the Victorians! The ‘W’ worked into the gate represents the ‘Whitgreave’ family who owned the house from its construction in 1600 right through to 1925.
And, as always, we rounded off a very pleasant afternoon in the tea shop, where they did a very good white chocolate scone with fresh strawberries!