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Staunton Harold 1/10

In NW Leicestershire, only about 20 minutes drive from us, lies the Staunton Harold Estate. Located in a green valley with two lakes it includes: the house, church, estate cottages and stables. The stables have been converted and are now known as the Ferrers Centre of Arts and Crafts, which comprise of craft shops, workshops, galleries and tearooms.

 

William the Conqueror gave the land to Henry de Ferraris, who then leased it to Harold, a Saxon from Nottinghamshire. Harold moved here and adopted the name Staunton, meaning stony settlement. In 1423 the estate was passed by marriage to the Shirley’s, a distinguished Derbyshire family.

Staunton Harold 1/10

In NW Leicestershire, only about 20 minutes drive from us, lies the Staunton Harold Estate. Located in a green valley with two lakes it includes: the house, church, estate cottages and stables. The stables have been converted and are now known as the Ferrers Centre of Arts and Crafts, which comprise of craft shops, workshops, galleries and tearooms.

 

William the Conqueror gave the land to Henry de Ferraris, who then leased it to Harold, a Saxon from Nottinghamshire. Harold moved here and adopted the name Staunton, meaning stony settlement. In 1423 the estate was passed by marriage to the Shirley’s, a distinguished Derbyshire family.

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Dec 2011, 00:32
Let's go and explore!
Brian Walbey: Indeed Ray. The house is privately owned and is not open to the public but the church and grounds area as you will see this week and next.
somewhere I have never visited Brian
Brian Walbey: Well the house is privately owned Bill, the church is National Trust, so where one can actually visit is a bit limited, but with the craft shops and garden centre it is a popular place for visits all year round.
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Dec 2011, 06:41
Your area is full of interest, Brian. It is good that this estate is open to all
Brian Walbey: Yes we have a lot of places to go Lisl, although the house, and some of the garden and grounds are privately owned and therefore closed to the public.
this is the view that comes to mind when I think about the UK
Brian Walbey: Very much the archetypal country estate sort of place Chantal.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Dec 2011, 08:18
Fancy me not ever having heard about this lovely place Brian
Brian Walbey: Well the house is privately owned Chris, the history of it pops up in the narrative during the week, but the church is National Trust owned. It is a popular place for visits within the local area, two very good places for lunch in the craft and garden centres.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Dec 2011, 08:26
The thing is, Brian, these places are so old they have time to pass many hands. It's a wonder to me they don't pass more!
Brian Walbey: The history narrative during the week highlights the changing history of this house Ginnie. Sadly, being privately owned, one cannot go inside, but the church is owned by the National Trust, I am showing that in more detail next week.
A new place to me Brian and a very nice way to start the visit.
Brian Walbey: The house is privately owned Richard but among the local population the estate, church and craft and garden centres are very popular places to visit.
Somewhere in my archives I've got a shot odf tyhe house and church etc from a slightly different angle
Brian Walbey: I remember you posted a shot which I think you must have taken from up on the road looking down a while back Richard.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Dec 2011, 13:00
Oh, this is my place and I would like to sit down on the bench under the cedar after a walk aroun the pond/lake to enjoy this lovely view of the church and the manor house you took so well. It looks all very English. I like the soft reflections in the water.
Brian Walbey: This is a nice place to go Philine and very popular with local people. If you ever come my way we will take you to sit on that bench with us and then lunch in the fine restaurant in the craft centre.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Dec 2011, 13:13
A nice looking house and park Brian
Brian Walbey: It is a very popular place to go locally John although the house itself is privately owned and not open to the public.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Dec 2011, 13:25
What a superb name! It's funny how churches are often located near country houses; perhaps they were funded by the original owners of the houses?
Brian Walbey: Usually the churches were built and funded by the owners of the big houses Alan, I think that goes for most estates with a church near to the house.
It is a grand estate Brian and i like the way that you framed the shot with the pond... an you even captured some people sitting on the bench and under the tree....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter. It is a very popular visitors spot and a nice quiet place to sit on a pleasant day
  • Fred Adams
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Dec 2011, 19:22
Nice composition Brian, looks idyllic!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Fred, it is a lovely quiet place to sit on a nice day.
Looking forward to the whole series.
Brian Walbey: I hope you enjoy it then Jacquelyn, thanks for your comment.
this is a lovely scene!
Brian Walbey: Yes and so quiet during the week whilst all the children are at school smile

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