Since getting National Trust membership, Minh and I have been trying to visit the nearby properties on weekends when we’re not away. I already mentioned Calke Abbey in a previous post, but here are the other properties that we visited during May and June.
Kedleston Hallwas home to the Curzon family since the 12th century, and includes a treasure trove of “souvenirs” from India and Asia collected from when Lord Curzon was Viceroy of India. This was also the film location for The Duchess starring Keira Knightly.
Somehow, we managed to get three tours of The Workhouse .. the exterior welcome tour, a guided tour of the grounds, and then a quick walkthrough on our own to capture pictures. We skipped the audio tour, since we had already gone through two guided tours, but we did sit through the introductory video, which is well worth it.
For anyone not familiar with workhouses (as Minh and I weren’t before this visit), they were set-up during Victorian times to help the poor.. something like a homeless shelter, but you had to work for your keep. The Workhouse in Southwell is the most complete workhouse in existence, since most other workhouses around the country gave way to hospitals, elderly homes or other facilities.
Woolsthorpe Manor was the childhood home of Sir Isaac Newton. The legendary apple tree still stands in the garden, sort of. Supposedly, the original apple tree was damaged many years ago, but another tree has grown from the stump.
Belton House was home to the Brownlow and Cust Family, starting with Sir John Brownlow in 1685. It stayed in the family for 300 years! Prince Charles stayed here while he was training at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. I overheard a story while we were walking around the house about the sixth Baron, Peregrine Cust, and the soap opera drama that surrounded the abdication of King Edward VIII. Fascinating stuff, if you’re interested in royalty scandals.