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Sudbury Hall & Gardens 15th April 2015

We had planned a big walk in London but the weather was grim so we headed into Derbyshire to a National Trust house, Sudbury hall. This was a find by Gail who later confessed she had got the name wrong and it was by sheer chance it concluded into a good day out. These old houses are full of History, but I go for the Art and to take pictures and it was made even better that it did not include any bloody Tudors the most boring part of history ever (however its Gail’s favourite ) . We started with a guided tour of the house with the rooms described in great detail, it usually starts with a friend of the king etc money changes hands and here is a big house in the country - nothing changes !! Well enough of my rants here is the history I have taken from Wikipedia.

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Sudbury Hall

Sudbury Hall is a country house in Sudbury, Derbyshire, England.
Sudbury Hall is one the country's finest Restoration mansions and has Grade I listed building status.
The Vernon family came to Sudbury as a result of the 16th-century marriage of Sir John Vernon to Ellen Montgomery the Sudbury heiress. The house was built between 1660 and 1680 by George Vernon, grandfather of George Venables-Vernon the 1st Baron Vernon and is notable for its superb Great Staircase, fine Long Gallery, and portraits by John Michael Wright, and of Charles II's mistresses. Inside there are a mixture of architectural styles with carvings by Grinling Gibbons and Edward Pearce, murals by Louis Laguerre and elaborate plasterwork by Samuel Mansfield, James Pettifer and Robert Bradbury. The carvings above the main entrance porch were sculpted by William Wilson. There are formal gardens with a tree-fringed lake.
Cherry Ann Knott has suggested that the design of the hall was based on Crewe Hall in Cheshire, which stands around 1.5 miles from Haslington Hall, where George Vernon was born.[1]
The house was also used for the internal Pemberley scenes in the BBC dramatisation (1995) of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
The property was leased for three years from 1840 by Queen Adelaide, the widow of William IV of the United Kingdom. The east wing was added by George Devey in 1876–83.[2] The building is now owned and maintained by the National Trust.[3] to whom it was gifted by the Vernon family in 1967.
The National Trust Museum of Childhood is housed in the 19th-century servants' wing of Sudbury Hall. It should not be confused with the V&A Museum of Childhood, which is in London.


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Sudbury Hall