As a regular visitor to Wimpole Hall, I have a soft spot for its Georgian architecture and the glorious painting by Sir James Thornhill in the chapel. When I realised I would be a stone’s throw from Hanbury Hall today I just had to visit to see the Thornhill murals on the staircase.
Built by the Vernon family at the beginning of the 18th century, the house passed through several generations before falling into disrepair after the last Baronet died in 1940. Finally it passed into the care of the National Trust and it was the presence of these enormous wall paintings that partly spurred the decision to restore the house for future generations.
One of my plans was to photograph the house with my pinhole camera, but when I realised I was in for a ninety minute exposure time I decided to make do with digital instead! Elsewhere in the house I looked out for interesting details and found myself being drawn once again to the stairs and the elegant Georgian chairs.
6 October 2019