Having spent a week assuming that Thrumpton Hall was locked away from public gaze, I now discover that the gardens are open on Wednesdays, 11am to 3pm.
There is a wonderful article about the woman who inherited the house, and how much it costs to run a creaking old pile here.
If you want to see the inside, it is necessary to find someone to marry first, or arrange a corporate event.
So, no need to buy it now.
It is such a pity that the two old ferries – at Barton and Thrumpton – no longer operate, because there is absolutely no way of getting to either village from the Trent – river or towpath. It's odd that there are no visitor moorings, nor any ferry. Even today, it would seem to be useful and valuable to operate a ferry across the river, even if only on summer weekends. After all, it’s the Trent, not the Styx.
Faber Navalis: a film about a substantial restoration project in Norway by Maurizio Borriello - This is a lovely, rather romantic piece of work! My thanks to reader Don Gray!
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