37/52 Norfolk (3) Holkham Hall

This third set of images from Norfolk were taken at Holkham Hall, an amazing mansion in the symmetrical Palladian style. I was feeling a bit ropey when we were there, so there aren’t many pics to choose from, but I quite liked what’s here. I make no apologies for the chocolate box exterior shot, it was a perfect chocolate box kind of day – what was I to do?!

Holkham Hall. Copyright Fiona Michie.
Holkham Hall. Copyright Fiona Michie.

These interior shots show some glorious architectural details. The second one was a tricky one as the window tended to overexpose the foreground, so I went as dark as I could without losing the detail of the doorway. It is still a tad bleached around the chandelier, and the detail of the top of the window is lost, but I think I can live with that as I was more interested in the way the arches and lines of the floorboards lead you into the shot.

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Gilded apse, Holkham Hall. Copyright Fiona Michie.
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Doorway, Holkham Hall. Copyright Fiona Michie.

Finally, this is what I like to think of as the “peasant’s eye view” of the Holkham gardens. They are raised above the surrounding park land and screened by a balustrade which any passers-by would have had to stand on tiptoe to peer through. I liked the way the fountain’s central statue was framed between these two curvaceous pillars.

St George in the middle of a spot of dragon slaying. Gardens, Holkham Hall. Copyright Fiona Michie.
St George in the middle of a spot of dragon slaying. Gardens, Holkham Hall. Copyright Fiona Michie.
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