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Brodsworth Hall by Ray Clarke

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Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England . A Grade 1 listed building

Top ten place in Listed Buildings Challenge “Architecture The British Isles” 12 November 2010

Featured in “A Home Somewhere” 3rd October 2010

Featured in “Architecture The British Isles” 1 October 2010"

Brodsworth Hall, situated 5 miles to the north west of Doncaster, in South Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, is one of the most complete surviving examples of a Victorian Country House in England, and remains virtually unchanged since the 1860s. It was designed by a 26 year old London architect Philip Wilkinson.

There are over 30 rooms, ranging from grand reception rooms with their original furnishings, right through to the servants’ quarters.

The house sits within Victorian period gardens which are used for special events throughout the summer.

Brodsworth was originally a grand residence for its owner Charles Sabine Augustus Thellusson, who inherited the estate in 1859.

After the First World War spiralling costs meant that parts of the house were gradually closed down, and started to fall into decay, until English Heritage took over the Hall.

The last actual resident of the house was Sylvia Grant-Dalton (wife of a descendant of Charles Sabine Augustus Thellusson), who fought a losing battle against subsidence and leaking roofs for 57 years. Costs began to mount. Following her death in 1988, English Heritage made the bold but highly successful decision to conserve the interiors ‘as found’ rather than replacing or restoring them, recounting the tale of how a once opulent Victorian house grew comfortably old and inviting to all. They took the decision to conserve rather than restore the house.

The third wife of the last owner, whose second wife was the last family member, still lives within the grounds in another house that was built for the Head Gardener.

The superb model village of Woodlands is nearby. Woodlands was originally built for the miners at Brodsworth Colliery by Lord Markham who founded the pit in 1905. The Thellusson family, who rented the land and mineral rights to the colliery company, built All Saints Church for the village.
Taken with Canon 5D Mkll and 24-105mm L lens

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  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    Excellent shot Ray with wonderful framing of the shot with the leaves of the tree. Superb composition.

  • Thanks for your comment, glad you like it Gary!

    – Ray Clarke

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks for your comment!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Declan Carr
    Declan Carrover 4 years ago

    Nice POV on it Ray I always find these old building hard to capture,I hope you stayed off the grass:) I like how you used the tree to frame it to give it and give that extra depth.

  • Thanks for your comment Declan!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much for your comment!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey!

    – Ray Clarke

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 4 years ago

  • Thanks Sarnia!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 4 years ago

    Nice framing from the Oak, visited here last year it really is amazing.

  • Thanks for your comment Tyke!

    – Ray Clarke

    WOBBLYMOLover 4 years ago

    what a gorgeous place, lovely framing, excellent shot

  • thanks for your comment

    – Ray Clarke

  • Aj Finan
    Aj Finanover 4 years ago

    Love this Ray, i like how you have used the foliage to frame the image. Well done a fab shot :)

  • Thanks Aj!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Carol2
    Carol2over 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture and great POV, Ray!!

  • Thanks Carol!

    – Ray Clarke

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