Wollaton - The Hall
w/e 28 January 2018
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

The saying goes "If it's January, it's Wollaton" or conversely "If it's Wollaton, it must be January" or that's the way it seems as we regularly go to the Deer Park around this time of year.

Wollaton Hall

In the past we've walked around the lake, through the park and the gardens, enjoyed a coffee and a look in the souvenir shop but I was surprised when I realised it's about eleven years sine we actually entered the Hall.
Painted Wall

After entering the Hall and wandered around some of the ground floor rooms we climbed the stairs to the first floor admiring the painted walls and ceiling in doing so.

Even though it is eleven years since last being here many of the exhibits in the Natural History Museum which is housed in the Hall, are still the same and we again saw the Indian Lion in a display cabinet at the foot of the stairs and found the large giraffe and George the Gorilla for which the museum is famous on the first floor.
Great Crested Grebe

There are many smaller displays on the ground floor with glass fronted tableaux showing various creatures like this Great Crested Grebe in their natural settings.

In the same room a selection of horned animals line the walls above the tableaux whilst upstairs are more rooms containing fossils like a large ammonite, a variety of animals including an eagle owl, orang-utan skeleton and a kangaroo in a single display cabinet and the African sunset is just as impressive as on our previous visit.


The Hall recently hosted an exhibition of Chinese dinosaurs in this room and the end walls still have painted decorations of these extinct monsters. The fossil of the large ammonite mentioned above can be seen in the cabinet below the painting. A label informs that it is from the Late Jurassic period, 150 million years ago and the fossil was possibly found in Dorset.
Cassandra Room

Back downstairs we explored another wing of the Hall and entered the Cassandra Room. The Hall was completed in 1588 and Cassandra Willoughby came to live at the Hall in 1687 aged just 17. She undertook the running of the house and organising her father's Natural History collection also writing a book about the history of the Willoughby family.

As we left the Hall we passed a scale model in what is now the main entrance hall. This was originally the "tradesmen's entrance" or back of the Hall. This view of the model show the front entrance.

And this is how it looks today - little has changed in over 400 years. The tree to the left of the picture behind the steps is labelled "Prehistoric Dove Tree". Native to China it is also known as a handkerchief or ghost tree and fossil records of dove trees show it extending back to the age of dinosaurs making it a "living fossil".
Tyrannosaurus Rex

Speaking of dinosaurs we passed this model of Roary the Tyrannosaurus Rex on our way from the back to the front of the Hall.

On our way back to the car park we walked through the Stable Block and although it's not unusual to see deer in the park, we were surprised by this giant stag.


Arriving back at the car we were also surprised to see we had acquired a passenger but it disembarked before we set off.

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