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January 02, 2015  •  12 Comments

At the start of a new year our minds swirl with thoughts of new challenges. Well I'm passionate about my project here and so will continue to develop it further. I have new ideas I want to explore. I know I've barely scratched the surface. Last year was one of the toughest I've faced health-wise in my life. I'm back on track now - fitter and healthier than I have been for years. I'm keener than ever to pull on my walking boots and get out with my camera. 

Sometimes I forget to appreciate the beauty of my neighbourhood. A few weeks ago I went on a short 10 minute walk to Bramall Hall.  I suppose not many people can claim to have a tudor manor house nestled in their local park. I take it for granted and I'm sure many of my neighbours do so too. I've walked to the pond to feed the ducks or strolled around the ancient woodland to stretch my legs after a heavy Sunday Roast Beef Dinner but only ever once stepped inside the historic hall over the last few decades. The crackled sign gives a hint of what lies beyond.

If your child kicked a ball through this window you wouldn't want to show your face in the village again would you?! Such craftsmanship is displayed in the window and warmth in the old brickwork.

Bramhall Hall is a black and white timber-framed tudor manor house. It reminds me very much of Speke Hall in Liverpool but without the Wet Nelly. 

No exploring inside though for another year though as it's just closed for a £1.6 million restoration. I expected to find scaffolding and workmen but the courtyard was deserted and so offered a perfect opportunity to seek out the detail. 

The ancient stocks would've stood on the village green in times gone by. Local rogues and rascals would've faced humiliation in public. But I imagine many would think they could be put to good use nowadays...

The difficulty in photographing tudor buildings is that nothing lies straight! Not an ideal building to visit if you're obsessed with perfect lines! 

Each panel of wood, window frame and piece of metalwork has unique character.

I like to get up close to the medieval oak timber, touch it and feel the warmth. ( I do similar with old trees - I'm sure I'm not alone in doing this?!). 

The carvings are so intricate and typical of the times. 

The grand side door is pretty spectacular too! 

The decorated chimneys, I recall, were added during Victorian times. Each stack is unique in design.

The reflection of the red brickwork in the window caught my eye.

In more recent times the walled garden was home to rows greenhouses. Plants were grown to fill the flower beds in the formal garden. A few years ago they fell victim to council cuts in spending.

Beyond the walled garden lie 70 acres of beautiful parkland. The grounds deserve a visit all of their own.

I was touched by the memorial bench to a local WW1 hero.

I hope you enjoyed the whirlwind tour around the exterior of this historic house!

If you've been out with your camera please feel free to add a link to your photo or blog post in the comments box. 

Thanks for visiting! 


Just catching up now since I've been on the road for a bit…what an incredible Tudor building you have so close by. The windows and other details are to die for! You did a great job describing and capturing its spirit and I enjoyed walking around with you!
a spirit of simplicity(non-registered)
when I visited England a few years ago we were able to get to Sissinghurst and .Scotney Castle. I just loved that there is so much land for walking on these old estates. It's beautiful.Here is where I posted my weekend walk http://aspiritofsimplicity.blogspot.com/
Helen, I've always been drawn to architecture, old buildings, lines, old windows, old doors ....this place is just beautiful! Thank you for taking time to photograph and write about each one. It is sad about the gardens though, I'm sure they were beautiful and enhanced the grounds around the intricate work of wood and glass. Very lovely processing on your photos.
Diana Foster(non-registered)
Certainly fun to enjoy your own back yard. Love the old door.
I wish I had a tudor house near by. What we see each day is what we always take for granted. Love all those rich details.
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