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Chirk Castle 5/5

On the way home from Porthmadog, North Wales last September we stopped off at the National Trust property at Chirk Castle and for three weeks I am featuring a series of shots I took there on three different themes.

 

You saw the "posh" part of the castle yesterday so down to the workers end.  This is just a small corner of the kitchen at Chirk, I like the smoke blackened area above the fireplace, I hope it is real and not done for effect.

 

The National Trust website for the Castle is here should you wish to look at it.  Next week we will look at some of the people about in the Castle during our visit.

 

You can now view a selection of the latest competition images from my camera club here


Chirk Castle 5/5

On the way home from Porthmadog, North Wales last September we stopped off at the National Trust property at Chirk Castle and for three weeks I am featuring a series of shots I took there on three different themes.

 

You saw the "posh" part of the castle yesterday so down to the workers end.  This is just a small corner of the kitchen at Chirk, I like the smoke blackened area above the fireplace, I hope it is real and not done for effect.

 

The National Trust website for the Castle is here should you wish to look at it.  Next week we will look at some of the people about in the Castle during our visit.

 

You can now view a selection of the latest competition images from my camera club here


comments (22)

I can just see the early Victorians working away in the smoke filled room and running around at the behest of their betters. A good shot Brian.
Brian Walbey: So can I, thanks Les.
Just the place for bread, cheese and good ale in front of the fire, Brian.
Brian Walbey: That sounds very tempting Graeme.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Feb 2011, 02:33
This is a great shot, Brian.

I like your variation on "Upstairs & Downstairs".
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Feb 2011, 06:45
Quite a difference between yesterday's and today's fireplaces, Brian. To be honest, I prefer today's. So much warmer and cozier...and like home!
Brian Walbey: Yes i can imagine it being warmer and cosier also Ginnie.
That looks very authentic!!
Brian Walbey: I hope it is Marion.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Feb 2011, 07:13
This certainly does have a genuine old world charm Brian
Brian Walbey: It does indeed Chris.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 25 Feb 2011, 08:54
I absolutely lvoe the floor in this room, woudl suit here too
Brian Walbey: But I bet it would take some looking after Chantal.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Feb 2011, 10:06
I think it's always more interesting 'below stairs'. Looks like a pretty genuine fireplace to me complete with smoke damage.
Brian Walbey: Well I hope it is all genuine Ingrid.
I always enjoy the below stairs part of these great houses
Brian Walbey: Yes they are usually quite a contrast to the upstairs aren't they.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 25 Feb 2011, 11:35
I like the stone floor and table
Brian Walbey: I think the word "rustic" might apply to them vintage.
Lovely old kitchen Brian. I had a flagstone floor once
Brian Walbey: I guess such a floor could tend to be a bit cold at times Janet.
A lovely charming and warm kitchen. A lovely capture Brian.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Laurette.
I can imagine all the staff sitting eating supper round that table, when upstairs is all sorted smile
Brian Walbey: So can I Linda, we've been wtching too much tele I think smile
Very nice Brian..I dont know whether they were good days or bad days, in that period.
Brian Walbey: According to an article in today's Mail they were not the best of times below stairs.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 25 Feb 2011, 16:31
This looks reasonably comfortable for the workers, by what I would imagine of those times.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Chad but long hours and not much pay I should think.
It must have been cosy and warm at that table, I bet the other end was chilly though.
Brian Walbey: I guess it was Sheila, that would be the Butlers place I should think
Wonderful capture Brian. It looks so authentic and warm!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
This capture takes you back in time. I can just imagine how the people enjoyed good food anwine in this kitchen for hours on end.
Brian Walbey: But no doubt they also had to work very hard looking after the family above stairs Elsabe.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Feb 2011, 21:06
I was trying to read the writing above the fire place but I can't make it out. Something about no noise?The pet basket looks a bit new; I wonder if the servants did have pets at the time?
Brian Walbey: I guess the servants looked after the mice in the panrty as pets Alan.
nice angle. i like the shades, the blackened soot on the wall does say somethng about the workers' end
Brian Walbey: It looks cosy but I guess in times gone by the people who worked here led quite a hard life Ayush.
It feels and looks just right somehow. Good capture Brian.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks John.
I love the floor and the old furniture Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes it looks comfortably old Pamela.

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