Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Sudbury Hall

After Tutbury we visited Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire. This is one the country's finest Restoration mansions and has Grade I listed building status.

Built by Sir George Vernon (1635-1702) in the 1660s. it has an impressive Long Gallery at 43m, contains portraits of Vernon’s several wives and descendants.

Other highlights include elaborate carvings by Grinling Gibbons, and the Great Staircase.

The house was also used as the internal 'Pemberley' scenes in the BBC dramatisation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" if you like that sort of thing.

It is now owned and maintained by the National Trust.

The nearby pub, the Vernon Arms, is well worth visit.

Date of visit: 7th June 2009

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