On the way home from our Suffolk holiday we called in at Ickworth House, a National Trust property just outside Bury St.Edmunds.
The weather turned a bit unsettled as we arrived at Ickworth so I grabbed this shot of the Rotunda, the part of the building it is particularly famous for, but from there on my outside shots were taken in the rain.
The exterior of the Earl-Bishop’s Rotunda was virtually finished when he died in 1803, but the interior was still an empty shell, and the curving corridors and wings only a few feet above ground. It was left to the Earl-Bishop’s son, the future 1st Marquess of Bristol, to make what use he could of his father’s extraordinary plan. Having no need for massive galleries, in 1821 he instructed his architect, John Field, to redesign the East Wing as family living-quarters.
Field fitted out the ground floor of the Rotunda as staterooms in an austere Regency style. The West Wing was added purely for symmetry and so was left empty.
The carvings on the right are just a few of those round a lower part of the Rotunda.
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