The face of history – A visit to Haddon Hall III

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Kathleen Manners, 9th Duchess of Rutland. Sketch for an oil painting by Laura Knight.

Although there are the grand tapestries, Great Hall and Long Gallery, as well as all the trappings of magnificence, there are corners of Haddon Hall that do not feel like a grand and glorious Country House. They simply feel like home. Being midwinter, I think we may have seen the interior, at least, at its best… though I would love to see the gardens in summer. Roaring fires, the scent of pine and woodsmoke hanging, heavy as incense, in the air of low-ceilinged rooms, all make the place welcoming and ‘human’ in some indefinable way.

As you wander through these rooms, you begin to wonder about the people who lived here. Not as figures who wrote their names in the annals of history at both local and national levels, but as people… human beings with lives…

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