During the summertime, my wife and I spent an afternoon at Calke Abbey in the heart of the Derbyshire country side. This beautiful house "is a Grade I listed country house near Ticknall, Derbyshire, England, in the care of the charitable National Trust organisation. Calke Abbey is a 300-year-old house built on the site of a former priory and completed in 1704 for Sir John Harpur. The family lived at Calke for almost 400 years, the name changing to Crewe and then to Harpur Crewe. Throughout the generations the family displayed a range of eccentric characteristics from being strangely reclusive to having an absorbing fascination with natural history. The National Trust is letting visitors see Calke as it was found in 1984, in a state of decline, to show what happened to many great country houses in the 20th century. The rooms in this beautiful house have been kept in the state that they were found to be in, cluttered with all manner of collectables and furniture. It was really amazing to walk through, imagining the stories behind the rooms and it’s contents.
“This room, with its Victorian wallpaper, remains much as it was after Sir Vauncey abandoned it for another room on his marriage in 1876. It shows his early interest in natural history, and the Harpur Crewe habit of filling a room with clutter and then moving to another. Sir Vauncey was a frail boy, so was not sent away to school. He nevertheless thrived in this chilly room and lived to the age of seventy-eight. Animal heads hang above the bed and fireplace. These were hunting trophies collected by Sir Vauncey in his boyhood days.”
What a fascinating room indeed.
This is a HDR image from a single RAW photo and processed in Photomatix Pro 4, for Mac, and tweaked using Photoshop CS 5.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
Canon 18-35mm Wide angle zoom (@18mm)