Thursday, 12 November 2015

Deer at Dunham Massey Hall

Just a few quick photos from a sunny, summer’s day back in June when William and I, together with John and Lesley had a ride out to Dunham Massey for a visit to the National Trust property of Dunham Massey Hall. We had visited this property several years ago but couldn’t really remember much about it, so being the proud owners of a NT Membership, decided the time was right for another visit.

800px-Dunham_Massey_Hall_50mm_July_2013 Picture from Wikipedia

The hall in red brick and perfect in its symmetry is very pleasing to the eye.  To my eye anyway!


That’s William up there on the left and John and Lesley standing under the archway. 


And in front of the archway is this moat.  Very pretty entrance for sure. 


During WWI Dunham Massey became a military hospital, The Stamford Military Hospital, and to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War the National Trust undertook to recreate the hospital as it was in those dark days.  As part of the project actors staged little playlets re-enacting daily life in the hospital. 


On entering the Hall visitors were told not to approach the actors but instead were asked to treat them like ghosts who could not see us. It all made for a more interesting and atmospheric recreation of those sad times.  Very well done I thought.


Deer roam freely at Dunham Massey. 


I knew this fact but I didn’t realise just how close up and personal they came to the public!


All very relaxed too and not one bit bothered by the strolling, staring public.


Talking about relaxed.  We all four were totally relaxed on such a lovely day and enjoyed a picnic in glorious sunshine.