The Un-stately Home

That’s how its owners, the National Trust, describe Calke Abbey. Here, they talk of preservation not restoration – to provide a reminder of the state many such houses were in, at the end of their existence, with their last residents living in just a tiny proportion of the house. Preservation of the last lived-in parts of Calke means displaying the amazing collection of stuffed birds and other creatures; the disused parts are shown complete with their stored clutter.

There’s far too much here to take in on a single visit – we were beginning to suffer from overload when we left the walled gardens and headed for home. We’ll have to come again.

Calke Abbey NT

One thought on “The Un-stately Home

  1. Graham Daly

    Think I’d heard the name only and just thought it was another ecclesiastical ruin like Buildwas or Haughmond Abbey. Surprised to see it is actually a ‘Downton’. Good mix of atmospheric photographs to give a flavour of it’s character.

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