Christmas at Attingham Part 1: Inside

We booked ourselves in to visit Attingham Hall just before Christmas to see what the employees and volunteers had created to celebrate the season. This year the theme was based on the craftsmen involved in making and maintaining the hall, so we were looking forward to seeing what they had achieved decorating lots of Christmas trees and other decorations in each room. After exploring the inside we went for a wander round the one-mile walk with a detour through the walled garden.

So first off we entered the hall and handed in our little wooden tokens decorated with an acorn and oak leaves which proved we had booked our time slot. This first tree graced the entrance hall, which led us into a room with amazing table top decorations.

In the next room a huge glistening chandelier reflected the shape of the tree behind it.

This little tree was made out of pasta and sprayed gold. The third photo here is of the tree celebrating the work of artists. in the row of photos below different artists were celebrated, the upholsterer and photographer.

These two pictures illustrate the craft of the clockmaker.

This dramatic staircase with equally unusual ceilings above again was all about craftspeople who originally would have worked in the hall keeping it in top condition.

Just a few more photos of the remaining rooms to share what we saw before a fire alarm shortened our exploration of the rooms, luckily a false alarm but still evacuation was the result.

We took advantage of the alarm and evacuation to return to the coach House Cafe where we enjoyed coffees before taking off for a wander around the ‘Mile Walk’. This will be the subject of my next post.

By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

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