Little treasures from my visit to an historic manor estate in England.
posted by Baker Galloway.
In September I had the good fortune to travel abroad on an education opportunity and one of the places I stayed was the historic manor of Walcot Hall in Shropshire, UK – about 3 ½ hours train ride northwest from London, near the border of Wales in the Clun valley.
For those of you who have seen an episode of Downton Abbey, you will know something of what this place is like. In it's heyday under Lord Clive I believe it took 40 or 50 servants to run the estate, now run by about 12 full-time employees who keep the grounds and rent out the facilities as a B&B and wedding venue.
My reason for visiting was to attend a 5-day painting workshop being held at Walcot Hall in rented rooms specific to the course. My room was in an apartment in the stable courtyard's carriage houses.
Before and after the daytime painting course I had the opportunity to explore the grounds of the estate and discover little treasures I had never seen the like of before on this side of the Atlantic. I've shared some photos below.