Thursday, 13 September 2018

More on Gainsborough Old Hall and All Saints' Church

As promised, here is more from the visit to Gainsborough Old Hall.  I do like this lion sculpture in the Great Hall.
 The Great Hall itself has some beautiful timbers.
The kitchen has enormous fireplaces - there is another one like this on the opposite wall.
This is the view up one of the chimneys - Chris wanted me to take this photo.
 A view of the garden through the diamond shaped glazing.
 Another view of the herb garden.
Chris noticed these hanging acorns on the bed before I did.  They are detachable and I marvel at that attention to detail.
 Even the floors are beautiful, with the brick herringbone pattern.
 Around the Old Hall are paths and grass areas, with trees.
 Another view of the brickwork.
I do like the higgledy-piggledy nature of the building, where you can see areas which were added over the years, like the chimney stack.
Having spent a good while at the Old Hall, we ventured to All Saints' Church in Gainsborough. It has an ancient tower but an 18th Century main body.  On opening the double door, this is what we saw.  It is a large, light and open space, which was quite unexpected.  It reminded me of a theatre, but a church service does share elements of a theatrical performance.   This part of the church was built from 1734 - 1744.  There is more information about the church here.
 This (according to the little brochure I found) is a Morris and Co window.
There was a Georgian font, which was something I hadn't seen before.  It was rather elegant.   I was really impressed with the church as sometimes churches can be dark and oppressive.  This one was decorative, light and beautiful.


  1. I can't imagine much of our buildings lasting like this can you?
    The font is just beautiful.

    1. Thanks, Briony. It really is an amazing place with a lovely atmosphere. The church was a real surprise and the font just went so well with the rest of the building.
      Best wishes

  2. What amazing places. You are right about the church too. They can be dark and oppressive places, and that is light, airy and beautiful.
    I too cannot imagine many of our current buildings (despite advances in technology) lasting a fraction of the time these have.

    1. Thanks, EC. I am not sure I would want many of our current buildings to survive that long - some of them are far from beautiful! (Although it could be argued that their lack of beauty says much about our time...)
      Best wishes