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photoblog image Calke Abbey - The House 3/5

Calke Abbey - The House 3/5

Like a lot of these large country houses, that were once owned and lived in by the nobility, Calke Abbey has a fine Library with lots of comfy chairs, a fireplace to sit by on cold days and a large selection of books to browse. I often wonder if the book collections one sees in these houses have always been there, or whether they have been acquired especially for the effect, or is that me being a bit cynical.

Calke Abbey - The House 3/5

Like a lot of these large country houses, that were once owned and lived in by the nobility, Calke Abbey has a fine Library with lots of comfy chairs, a fireplace to sit by on cold days and a large selection of books to browse. I often wonder if the book collections one sees in these houses have always been there, or whether they have been acquired especially for the effect, or is that me being a bit cynical.

comments (26)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Dec 2012, 00:42
Ha Ha

Probably they are not really books, Brian, but painted off-cuts of timber with "Made in China" stamped on the bottom edge...

You did rather well..hand-held...flash disabled...
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, I have seen "fake" book spine sets for sale which is why I was a bit cynical.
I would think that even if these are not the original books - at one time the shelves certainly were filled.
Brian Walbey: I wonder if they actually got round to reading them all though, some of them are quite "heavy" looking at the titles.
certainly has a warm feeling about this place, with the furnishing, fireplace and the timber. great shot
Brian Walbey: If I had a library I would make sure it felt warm and comfortable, the only way to sit and enjoy a book.
  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Dec 2012, 06:47
What a superb room Brian smile
Brian Walbey: It's lovely isn't it Sally, every home should have one, our house isn't big enough!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Dec 2012, 06:48
Personally I think the books are for effect Brian: the place would look half empty without them
Brian Walbey: I agree Chris, nobody would actually be allowed to browse, sit down, and enjoy a quick read in a NT house would they.
This is a beautiful warm room with an equestrian theme Brian....petersmile
Brian Walbey: It is as a library probably should be Peter, warm and comfortable with a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Dec 2012, 07:48
This reminds me of one of those men's clubs you see in movies like "Out of Africa," Brian. smile
Brian Walbey: I believe the libraries in these house were much more intended for male use than for the ladies to go in, hence the equestrian paintings.
''Hey you ... hey you you daft old codger ... Don't ya know that you aint sposed to take pictures inside NT 'ouses... It's against the copywrite thingy. Cor blimey ... these old pensioners don't 'alf give us some grief.''
Brian Walbey: "Sorry guvnor, I fourt it was awrite, I won't do it again!"
I think it is a case of some are and some aren't Brian. We had an interesting talk in one of the libraries about the conservation of the books which is a full time job.
Brian Walbey: I guess you're right Bill, but just think of those thousands of books in NT houses never getting properly looked at and enjoyed.
some rich interior
Brian Walbey: Very fine isn't it.
Lovely image Brian.
Some of the old houses do still have their original books on display. Others have bought it books with the right binding. Some have had more modern books rebound in matching sets of the right style of binding.

Twice I have been involved in locating and supplying books for bookcases like this, once for dressing a film set.
Brian Walbey: So it's really a mix of old and new to give the right effect I guess Sheila, I though that was probably the case, thanks for that information, next time I go to an NT house I will try and spot the real old ones smile
A very pleasant place to while away some time back in the day Brian. Good on the NT to keep it so beautifully
Brian Walbey: Yes I could sit in here and enjoy a read, as long as I have it to myself without loads of visitors wandering by.
You mean, nobility does not read? uhmm I did not know!
Brian Walbey: I guess they do Juan, things like Bank Statements, Share Prospectuses and Society magazines no doubt.
A fine shot Brian! Very warm and comfortable surroundings smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Fred, it is a nice room.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Dec 2012, 11:30
I suspect the books are original and yes it does look nice and comfy, especially if the fire was lit!
Brian Walbey: Sheila has worked on this sort of thing and they are usually a mix of old originals, modern books with old style bindings and old books rebound.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 12 Dec 2012, 11:31
I don't think you are being cynical, Brian
Brian Walbey: Not when I read Sheila's comment, they are a mix of old, new and renovated books apparently.
Looks nice and cozy. My eye is drawn to the lovely red, cut glass vases on the mantle.
Brian Walbey: Yes I could sit and enjoy a read in there as long as it was closed to visitors.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Dec 2012, 12:01
Oh, this is my room - what a cosy, warm looking room - yes, books wanted often to show the cultural education and noblesse of the owners, but I'm convinced that they read quite more than us who are detracted by so many other things like SC ...
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely room Philine, I do wonder in all these houses if they did ever actually read all the dozens of books on the shelves, some of them are quite "heavy" subjects.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 12 Dec 2012, 12:32
I like the book effect in any room
Brian Walbey: So do I vintage although this looks more stylish than the shelves in our spare bedroom smile
Yes - I think I could fit in there quite happily!
Brian Walbey: So could I Tom if I had it to myself.
  • Chad Doveton
  • where latitude and longitude meet
  • 12 Dec 2012, 14:57
I doubt if they have read any of them Brian, maybe looked at the pictures if they had any.
Brian Walbey: Well I don't believe all the books in these old house libraries were all read either Chad.
Now there's a place I could sit in and read all day long. It looks so inviting.
Brian Walbey: So could I as long as I had it to myself.
Another fine capture in this excellent series Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Fred.
Quite a cosy room with a nice collection of books to ornate the place!
Brian Walbey: Yes it would be a nice place to sit and read quietly.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Dec 2012, 20:09
I know it is not allowed to 'touch' maybe next time you just hide behind Maureen and see if the books are fake.
They fit well in the scene though.
Great picture.
Brian Walbey: It does look a nice room doesn't it. I couldn't get near the books, there is a rope barrier just below the picture.
If you're being cynical, then you're not alone. I often wonder if any have ever been read!

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