I don't often get the chance to pop down to Chastleton House but when I do it always seems to be in Spring time. It has been a while since I last visited and on my last trip, camera's were not allowed inside but like with many properties now, times have changes and as long as you don't use a flash then you are free to photograph what you wish .Some people don't understand why no flashes are allowed but if a lot of flashes were to keep going off, the lights would damage the contents of these beautiful houses which so many fight to preserve. We must look after our heritage, it is our history and so much of it has already been destroyed or left in ruin.
Chastleton House is very different from many of the other National Trust properties. The Estate was bought by Walter Jones in 1604 and the house that stood there was pulled to the ground to make way for what you see today. The new Chastleton House which is a Jacobean country house, was built around 1612 of Cotswold stone which considering where it stands, just outside the market town of Morton-in-the Marsh, is no surprise. The original house was owned by Robert Catesby who was one of the Gunpowder Plot instigators which connects this Estate to Coughton Court and Coombe Abbey.
One of the room guides told me the floor in the kitchen had collapsed before they took it over and all this had to be fixed which cost a lot of money but you would never know stood in it today.
One of my favourite things about Chastleton House is the wooden frame as you enter the hall. With a curtain on one side, my son thought it looked like somewhere you go to confess your sins. I guess it does a little. The detail on it is beautiful.
I am used to seeing deer but I have not seen one like this before. It just proves 3D is not a modern idea.
The beautiful clock that stands in the Grand Hall.
I have to say I do like the feel of the house and I love the way it has been left stuck in that time in history. The first time I ever walked inside Chastleton house, I can remember feeling like I had just walked through a door back into a different time in history. I do have a love of history so this was ideal for me to set my imagination going, which to be honest, is never hard for me. I never look at these old houses as they are today but always imagine them as they were.
My son wanted to know if these biscuits were laid out especially for him?
The accounts I believe.
The Drawing room
The fireplace in the diningroom. The tiles remind me of those at Packwood House
I love the staircase in this house. It is very different from others I have seen.
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The wood all around this house is quite amazing, so much detail.
I think this was the Master Bedroom.
The tapestries in this room has so much going on in them. They even had Dragons in them.
Another one of the bedrooms but this one has a story to it. If you look in the corner of this room you can see a little door that leads to a secret room. How many of us growing up wished we had a secret room hidden in our house or am I the only one?
The secret room used to have a wooden panel on it so I guess it would have looked like a closet when you opened it. This bedroom is called the Cavalier room as in the 1650's during the Battle of Worcestershire, Arthur Jones (who's family lived in the house at the time), evaded capture by hiding in this room. The best bit of the story was that when Cromwell's soldiers came looking for him, they could not find him but they also insisted on resting that night and slept in this very bedroom. Arthur's wife put laudanum in their beer so that they would fall asleep quickly and deeply, enabling her husband to climb over the sleeping soldiers and make his escape.
This room reminds me of the Library at Blickling Hall which is 123 ft long and makes me wonder how this room would have looked in it's glory days.
Carvings above the fireplace.
Apologies for the light reflection on this family tree but it was hard to avoid.
I think visiting these sort of places helps children understand their history better and what it used to be like. Seeing pictured in books and reading stories in a classroom is nothing compared to seeing things as they really were. This is why I used to love Tudor and Victorian days at school, it is something the children never forget. It is the same when you have an interactive kitchen in these old houses like at Charlecote Park and a few other properties. The children love dressing up and cooking and the parents faces watching their children are always full of smiles. It just brings history alive for so many people.
One of the chambers below the house.
We ran out of time this day so had to quickly walk through the brewery and some of the other chambers but that I can cover another time. I will leave you with a few pictures from outside.
These two lambs were funny.They came running straight up to me before getting told off by their mother :)
A link to chastleton house.
Photos Copyright Jana Eastwood