Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Seaton Delaval Hall

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Last weekend I visited Seaton Delaval Hall which has a fantastic history spanning 900 years. In 1822, the Hall was badly damaged by a fire and much of it is still in ruin. After 40 years without a roof, local architect John Dobson, who is famous locally for much of Victorian Newcastle, was employed to work on the buildings. In the 1950's the owners Lord and Lady Hastings began to repair the buildings with the aid of grants, living in the West Wing themselves. They have since died but their son still rents the West Wing I understand.

There has been a recent campaign for the National Trust to save the Hall and re-open it as a tourist attraction. Last weekend was a taster weekend, so I took my camera along to get some shots. Typically the place I most wanted to photograph was the West Wing, but as the family still have some of their possessions there, it was unfortunately forbidden.

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35 comments:

  1. Whoa these photos are gorgeous. I love visiting places rich with history :) That's why I want to go to Europe and photograph all the beautiful architecture and capture the cultural essence of different places. First destination: Greece! :)

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  2. It looks beautiful! I love stately homes :)

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  3. I am secretly a bit of an architectural nerd and as soon as I saw your post I began identiftying all the architectural features ...! Really beautiful photos...

    Love love love,

    Erin

    xx

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  4. love ♥

    you are so talented.

    angelica
    x

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  5. really stunning pictures! a photo worths a thousand words-

    xxjess

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  6. Super splendid photos. A drove past last weekend and seen that it was open again ... Looked quite busy. Apparently they have just managed to secure a wedding licence, I think it will be really proper for wedding, the next close house maybe??
    I hope you called to Cresent cafe for famous ice cream x

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  7. Ah, how dreamy/beautiful! Thank you for sharing these photos!

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  8. I wish I could have been there, it lok like such a magical place. I would have fallen in love with it..

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  9. These are so gorgeous! I'm jealous:)

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  10. Gorgeous images. Beautifully shot!

    xxx

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  11. Gorgeous photography, I love visiting places like this, I'm hoping once I can drive I can see more of them!

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  12. fantastic pics as usual! full of poetry and beauty!it looks so lovely there !

    bisous

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  13. these are so beautiful, almost haunting!!

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  14. Amazing photos!!! How do you get that lovely colouring in your photos?

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  15. Gorgeous pictures! I especially loved how you captured the stairs! Beautiful!

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  16. There are such beautiful places to visit in the UK (and everywhere else for sure, too). Your pictures are a real treat!

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  17. Stunning photos, the staircase looks amazing!

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  18. Wow, I love that <3
    the architecture is amazingly beautiful! I'd love to know more about this monument *.*
    I'm so following your blog :D *

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  19. You have such a lovely rich history and culture. So pretty. x

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  20. Love these photos, the hall is so pretty, reminds me of Pride and Prejudice.

    Carmen.xx.

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  21. lovely photos!
    it looks like a really nice place to visit.

    www.loloholmes.tumblr.com

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  22. Beautiful photos! I love going to National Trust properties, I'm so glad for all the work they do to save these buildings so we get to enjoy them.

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  23. Seems like a wonderful place, and again such beautiful pictures ...

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  24. Such a beautiful place! And the weather looks like it held out for you too! x

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  25. these are lovely photos! I want to be there!!

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  26. So absolutely gorgeous! Your photography is amazing.

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  27. beautiful :-D you take such great photos...

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

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  28. Wow such stunning photos, makes me want to make a trip up further north! I've never been any further north in the UK than Manchester before...

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  29. These photos are out of this world!!! congrats!!! have a great weekend!

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  30. Oh wow, what a beautiful home. And equally beautiful photographs!

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  31. thank you all for the lovely comments.

    craftycurrant - i think they have the cafe in the hall.

    shopgirl - i use analogcolor.

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  32. I modelled for a photo shoot in the 1980's at Seaton Delaval Hall. I think it may have been for The Journal. I loved the place. Your photos are stunning. Sell them to The National Trust if not for money then for all access visiting rights....oh and take me with you.

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  33. Oh yes, this would make a fantastic location. Hmm...

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