Thursday, 29 August 2013

The world is more interesting in black and white.

I adore the end of summer. I like being able to go out for a walk without being too hot or too cold. I like that autumn is slowly beginning to peek through the sunshine, that summer is finally beginning to relent. Nothing beats hearing leaves crunching beneath your shoes and the lovely dark and quiet atmosphere that autumn has. In England we are lucky enough to not have an overwhelmingly hot summer, but I'm still glad when the leaves begin to turn that wonderful coppery red.

I think I go and visit places more in autumn. Summer is a time for crowds, and I much prefer the quiet. Of course, it is the school holidays here at the moment which means that everywhere is full, but it's nice to know that soon everywhere will be peaceful again. Today I decided that I would brave the crowds and go for a walk on Wollaton Park. It's the home of Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, although the deer were being very shy today and I couldn't get any pictures of them! I used to go here a lot when I was little. I distinctly remember being frightened and fascinated by all the taxidermy displays inside, and trying my absolute best to get as close to the deer as possible (they always ran away and I can't say I blame them). It's a beautiful place. Some of you may recognise it as Wayne Manor from The Dark Knight Rises.



Wollaton Hall was built around 1580 for Sir Francis Willoughby. It was built towards the end of Elizabethan period, so it contains some early Jacobean elements. The exterior of the house is magnificent. I particularly love the faces and gargoyles carved into the stone. I'm afraid that I didn't get many photographs of the interior. One day I will book to go on a guided tour and take a few more interesting ones!



For those of you interested in the paranormal, the house is said to be haunted by the Lady Middleton, in a room known as room 19 or the 'Prospect Room.' Unfortunately, you can only go in this room on guided tours. I imagine that the hall is very eerie at night!

My camera actually ran out of battery just as we were leaving the hall, which is a pity as the grounds are beautiful, and great for photography. I will definitely head back to take some photographs of the grounds and the lake as they are worth seeing! I am hoping to get some of the photographs of the exterior of the house framed as my room is lacking in decoration at the moment.

Have you been anywhere interesting recently?

22 comments:

  1. This is one of my favourite things about England: it looks like there´s one magnificent mannor house in every corner! And this one in particular is such a dream... When you mentioned it´s the setting for The Dark Knight Rises I started laughing: my film-archive mind was working on it as I looked at the pictures, so you liberated me from all the mind computery activity :P

    Really loved this. I hope you can make it back and take some good pics of deers and interiors. And, please! Some images of the old haunted hall would be super amazing ♥

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    1. Haha, everybody was so excited when it was being filmed there! I am very lucky to have these places so close to home.

      I'm glad you liked it! I will definitely be going back to take pictures of the grounds and the lake, and I will look into going on a tour as I am very curious about the haunted room!

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  2. Omg Claire, so lovely! You are lucky to live close to these gorgeous historical places. Wonderful photographs too, I would love to see some of the grounds when the leaves start falling if you go again!

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    1. Thank you! I will definitely be going again, it's one of my favourite places to walk in autumn as it tends to be rather quiet in the darker months!

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  3. This place looks so Gothic and grand! I can only dream of living in a mansion so beautiful, just imagine walking those halls in fine clothes and drinking tea in the grounds.. and sleeping in a luxurious four poster bed and being waited on hand and foot.. not to mention being wooed by the dashing gentlemen visitors! XD I have to admit I've not seen The Dark Knight yet but that's so awesome that it was partly filmed there! I am really looking forward to taking pictures in autumn, that's the one time of year that the world isn't more interesting in black and white!

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    1. I went to the Hall a few months ago when it was really hot and they were having a photoshoot in those wonderful gowns and it looked fantastic! It is a beautiful place. Wouldn't it be lovely to wake up to those views with deer wandering around in your back garden? I am very much looking forward to autumn now, I love seeing all the reds, oranges and browns!

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  4. Awesome! great pics, this place is beautiful... used for film sets if I'm not mistaken. I love the paranormal history, i hope that one day i can visit it.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it was used in The Dark Knight Rises, it is very beautiful! I hope you get to see it one day.

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  5. I cannot help but feel the same as you when Autumn is just around the corner! And that mansion is simply breathtaking! You are lucky indeed to have had the chance to visit such places :)

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    1. It's so close now, I can't wait! I am very lucky! Sometimes I forget just how lucky I am to have so many historical sites on my doorstep. I need to make more of an effort to visit them more!

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  6. Amazing place! I love autumn to, it's my favorite time of the year. Btw, I love your profile picture!

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    1. Thank you! It is my favourite time of the year too. It's a gorgeous place, especially in autumn/winter!

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  7. What an amazing pictures !!!!:)))) i love them they look spooky:)
    Come and see mě too on:

    www.olivains.com

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like them!

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  8. I wouldn't say no, to stay in one of those magnificent manors. Who will say no actually?! And who would say no to autumn. I do enjoy all seasons except summer! During summer you cannot enjoy life...

    Amazing photos <3

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    1. I am lucky in that summer is not too hot here, but everywhere is always so busy! Spring is my least favourite season as it just rains all the time. I really looking forward to the colder months now!

      Thank you!

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  9. Photo number one...so ominous! What a treat, thanks for posting these lovely photos. Batman's got style. ;-)

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    1. It is isn't it? I had to wait a very long time for people to stop standing in my way to take that, every time I positioned my camera someone seemed to walk in front of me! I'm glad you like them! It's one of my favourite places, the grounds are wonderful too.

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  10. I, too, like visiting castles/museums when it's not a tourists' season. Also guided tours are better then, because the guide doesn't have to hurry:D
    The castle is really beautiful and I can see why it was picked for the Batman movies!

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    1. Tourist season is far too hectic for me, it's lovely when it is quiet! Plus I hate having people walking in front of my camera all the time.

      It's gorgeous! One of my favourite buildings in Nottingham. It is very Batman-ish!

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  11. This is such an amazing place, i am so jeaulous of you and Sandy, so many victorian places to visit in the UK, I specially love the haunted atmostphere, i would love to visit the room you talked about, no doubt.
    If you didnt say tho i would never put together with the batman movie, after all my graphic memory is not that good i must say lol.
    It is a beautiful place and your photos are gorgeus, i wish tho that you catched a deer, i find them beautiful and i wish to see one, i never saw a wild one in real life, only in the zoo.
    Regards

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    1. We are very lucky! It is one of my favourite things about living in England, although I would love to travel and experience some other countries. I've never actually been in the haunted room but I'd love to! I will look into going on a guided tour once I'm back at university and it is quiet again.

      I'll definitely go back for a walk now that autumn has arrived(my house is five minutes away so it's perfect for walks) and the deer might be a bit less shy once the park isn't as busy. They are lovely! I once went on one of those trips where you get to feed them (at a different park) and it was wonderful!

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