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Calke Abbey - The House 4/5

I mentioned on Monday about hunting trophies and this room, which I seem to remember is not far in to the house at Calke Abbey has a great collection of such things, both on the wall, and in showcases. The Harpur-Crewes, who lived at Calke, were great collectors and the final member of the family, who I believe became something of a recluse in his later years, just used to close the door of a room he had been living in and just move on to another one, consequently when the National Trust took over the place almost every room was in a sort of time warp.

 

Calke Abbey - The House 4/5

I mentioned on Monday about hunting trophies and this room, which I seem to remember is not far in to the house at Calke Abbey has a great collection of such things, both on the wall, and in showcases. The Harpur-Crewes, who lived at Calke, were great collectors and the final member of the family, who I believe became something of a recluse in his later years, just used to close the door of a room he had been living in and just move on to another one, consequently when the National Trust took over the place almost every room was in a sort of time warp.

 

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Dec 2012, 00:32
My sympathies are with all those animals that have misplaced their bodies, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Ray, not the nicest of hobbies.
Well I just couldn't eat with all those dead animals staring at me! I have a friend who is a vegetarian. While at someone's house for dinner- she offered to say Grace. Bowed her head and started, "Thank you Lord for all the blessed animals that gave their lives to decorate this house..." She didn't stay long!
Brian Walbey: I don't know why but the "upper classes" have this thing about killing animals for entertainment, this house is full of stuffed creatures and Deer heads.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Dec 2012, 05:09
This is fascinating room to me.
I bet those animals were the weak and the sick ones and they would not have survived the rule of nature.... survival of the fittest.
Great scene, it looks like somebody just walked away from the ontbijt......
LOL at Elizabeth's comment.
Brian Walbey: Sadly the "upper classes" used to kill animals, strong or weak, for entertainment, some still do in fact. It is a fascinating house because of this thing about the final owner just shutting a door on a room and not returning, so it was a time wharp when the National trust went in.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Dec 2012, 06:30
This process of moving from room to room was the same at Tyntesfield. Hence posterity gains. All those trophies - whew!
Brian Walbey: I gather the NT found quite amazing things when they first went in, and as far as possible they have left it more or less as found, but a bit cleaner of course.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Dec 2012, 06:35
I agree - how could anyone eat here. But it makes for a most interesting picture
Brian Walbey: I don't think I could eat with all those dead animals around me.
  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Dec 2012, 07:28
Oh wow Brian, I would just love a room like this ~ and I don't at meat!!. Really fabulous.
Brian Walbey: There is a lot to look at but those animals will have been killed for sport and decoration which isn't a nice thing to do I feel. BTW I'm not an animal activist, it just seems a sad thing to do.
Yes once the room was full he just moved into the next one....barking madsmile
Brian Walbey: I gather the NT found quite amazing things when they first went in, and as far as possible they have left it more or less as found, but a bit cleaner of course.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Dec 2012, 08:52
Don't think I would enjoy my breakfast with that lot staring at me - scary!
Brian Walbey: Nor would I Mike, not the most worthy of hobbies to go about killing animals for fun.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 13 Dec 2012, 08:55
I rather like the look of those chairs Brian. I could just imagine my wife getting just a tad irritated if I kept coming home with the odd mounted head or stuffed animal.
Brian Walbey: Maureen would certainly not be pleased if I did that Chad.
they sure shot their share of moose
Brian Walbey: Not just Deer but look at all the small animals in the showcases, killed for fun and decoration I presume.
It looks like across the room there are songbirds. Hopefully they were not killing them for sport.
Brian Walbey: You name the bird or animal and somewhere in the house there's almost bound to be one stuffed in a showcase, the downstairs rooms are full of them, and all for fun and show I presume.
Not the room for me. I will quickly move away and await tomorrow.
Brian Walbey: Yes I wasn't keen on all the dead animals Sheila, but that's how these people used to live isn't it.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Dec 2012, 17:18
Sounds a bit like my house, then! I'm going to bequest my house to the National Trust showing how we used to live in 1970s Britain smile I'm not sure I could eat watched by all those faces (although I do like eating many things that had faces on them when they were alive).
Brian Walbey: This is just one area of the house with this sort of display Alan.
This looks like a truly remarkable location Brian.
Brian Walbey: It is Fred, there is so much to look at both in the house and on the estate which is why I have taken I think four series to even scratch the surface for you all.
Yes, I remember that this place is stuffed to the gills with all kinds of Victorian lumber!
Brian Walbey: Yes there is that sort of stuff all over the place Tom.
I personally don't like capture hunting trophies but this is a fine capture Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, I'm not really a lover of stuffed animals either, unless of course they were already dead and not killed specially for the display.
  • elleplate
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Dec 2012, 18:53
I don't think i would like to eat my dinner in there!
Brian Walbey: No I don't think I would either.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Dec 2012, 19:35
Good customer of the local taxidermist I would think smile Nicely captured
Brian Walbey: This is only a few of dozens throughout the house John.
Great shot Brian! You'd never feel alone in this room!
Brian Walbey: You certainly wouldn't Martin, as long as one doesn't start moving wink
Did you check to see if he'd left his wallet in his jacket when he moved room?
Brian Walbey: I suspect people of their standing didn't carry such things as wallets Graeme, well the Queen doesn't I believe.

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