Burton Constable Hall is a large country house, approximately 10 minutes drive from where I grew up. The Grade I listed, Elizabethan property that stands today, began its construction in the 1560s and is surrounded by 300 acres of parkland designed by Capability Brown.
If you were to visit the hall, you’d likely learn that it has been the seat of the Constable family for over 400 years. You’d probably marvel at the interiors decorated in original furniture and features from the 18th century and you may even discover that parts of the building date back much further to Medieval times.
It’s several years since I’ve wandered in its peaceful grounds and the last time I explored the rooms, everything was distinctly larger and taller, so it was lovely to return over the Easter holidays with my mum.
Yet, as elaborate and intricate as the ceilings, bedrooms and even the radiators were, the rooms ‘dressed’ in their original splendour were not the most interesting to me. All a little too ostentatious and gilded.
So, we embarked on the ‘Cobwebs and Cream Teas’ tour, a behind-the-scenes meander allowing access to the cellars, long abandoned servants’ quarters, the attics and roof. All ending with a well deserved afternoon tea!
A little like urbexing for people who have dodgy knees and don’t like having to keep one eye out for officers of the law…
Seeing the house from its fragile side, in a state of disarray, wallpaper peeling and mold creeping in the corners, was fascinating. A public image projected to the world of wealth and beauty, whilst quietly crumbling in private over what had been lost.
But for me, this was where her real beauty truly lies, where the dust collects and the ghosts still linger…
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