Part 1 HERE
The marble floor in the great hall was open to the elements after the fire of 1822,the slabs were loose and the underneath screed worn away. They have all been uplifted, the screed replaced, and the tiles put back in their original position. The cracked ones have been bonded back together with resin adhesives mixed with pigment and stainless steel dowels have been added to give them strength. Some were too damaged and had to be replaced, but they managed to find Carrera Marble and black limestone that seems to match the originals closely.
There are 3 lead statues at the hall, David & Goliath, Samson slaying a philistine, and the goddess Diana. Made in the 18th century they are rare to see these days, and also have to have conservation work applied.
I’ve yet to find the goddess 🙄
There is a fabulous spiral staircase connecting the basement to the upper areas
and down below is the servants quarters and cellars.
At the minute they’re closed off due to all the rain we’re having!
Outside the courtyard canopy is fab for photography
There’s a lovely old willow in the outside area too, some of the branches are on props
The garden is lovely, especially in proper weather!
You can embiggen the pictures by clicking on them if you like.
I was a bit bling back in 2012! That’s all from Seaton Delaval, but if you want to see more of it the 2012 album is HERE
and the 2019 one is HERE
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