Yesterday we had our promised visit to Shugborough Hall. So after an early lunch we set off in the sunshine. As NT members we had a discounted price for entry. As it is run by Staffordshire County Council there are admission charges. It was given to the trust in 1960 by the 5th Earl of Lichfield,( who we all know as Patrick Lichfield, the photographer), as there were death duties from his fathers estate. He continued to live there until his death in 2005. Charlie took many pictures of our visit, and I am going to post a sample of them (hope it’s not too boring for my readers!).
Entrance to Shugborough Hall
The house was built as a gentleman’s residence in the mid 1700’s by the Anson family (one of whom circumnavigated the globe). It was gradually added to over the years to become the mansion it is today.
Living room. Apparently the Queen used to visit her cousin, and she took tea in this room.
Lots of treasures in this room from travels around the globe.
Bathroom in Patrick Lichfields private apartment
Sitting room in same apartment
Guest bedroom, again in the private apartment. Olivia Newton-John stayed here
After the trip around the main house, we ventured to the servants quarters (we always joke that this is where we would be in days gone past)
One of the many carriages on display. This one attended the Queen’s coronation.
Range in the kitchen area where all the food was prepared and cooked for the gentry
The servants were given a gallon of beer a day as part of their wages; there was a brewery on the estate for this purpose
Servants eating hall
Laundry area. The working day started at 5am, and finished at dusk. The servants got 1 day off a month.
The dairy where cheese and butter was made
Schoolroom (I remember desks like these)
Stable area (with pretend horse)
Also on the estate is a working farm with many rare breeds
Long horn cattle. This breed was developed at Shugborough and has thrived there since the 1800’s. The cattle live out all year long, and survive on the grass and scrub around the estate. Only 3 cattle are finished each year, and this meat is sold in a local farm shop. Their bull is called Buckden magic; and each animal born has a name that starts with Sherborne (the name of the stream that skirts the grounds)
And whats this?? It’s amazing what you find in these country houses
Today we set off heading for Rugeley. A stop at Aldi was needed.
through Haywood lock first
Bullrushes in abundance along the bank
Rugeley power station in the distance
Trent aqueduct our stop for the night (just before not actually on the aqueduct)
And finally the sign telling of the murder of Christina Collins that I reported in February when we passed the last time
After a shower we walked to Aldi for a few items. I phoned the Plum Pudding restaurant and we are booked there for tomorrow eve for a belated birthday meal. They have moorings outside that we can use as we are eating there. So tomorrow it’s off to Armitage.