Hellens Manor. A proper heritage eccentric.

A visit to Hellens, a Jacobean manor house in Herefordshire, was such a delight and produced so many pictures, I felt a blog was the thing.

To start. Some serious door knockers.

image

The toilets were a mini-museum in their own right.

image

Impressive architecture. Also a big ginger cat.

image

Textiles feature large. In paintings, on the floor, on the beds, and framed as art.

image

image

Hellens has a varied collection, paintings by famous painters (many given as gifts to family members), personal objects (old and not-so-old), unusual and miscellaneous items collected from antique shops in this country and others. A taster follows.

Proper feather shuttlecocks of blue and white.

image

A quite disturbing reliquary.

image

A selection of things that caught my eye as “very museum”. A cabinet of curiosity, containing personal objects of family significance. A little collection of shells on a bedroom dressing table. A botany book with the fabulous handwritten label, “Forgive us, please, for asking you not to touch this book as it is very worn – so sorry”. Lovely.

image

This somewhat surprising ceiling was the result of, “the boys messing around in the 60s”. Yeah. Messing…

image

Fabulous tooled and painted leatherwork wall coverings. Somewhat the worse for wear, but gaining aesthetic interest with that.

image

We were allowed to sit on most of the seats. Unless (as per tradition)… teasels.

image

I enjoyed this unapologetic cellar door repair.

image

In addition to the cat, there were a number of unexpected creatures. I especially liked the topiary dogs (?) and the giraffe tapestry (made by a French prisoner we were told).

image

More about Hellens. I recommend a visit.

FIN

Advertisements

About rachelcockett

Museum professional. Fundraiser. Trustee. Feminist. Atheist.
This entry was posted in Art, Heritage, History, Museums and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Hellens Manor. A proper heritage eccentric.

  1. Ruth Singer says:

    Marvellous place! Thanks for reminding me how wonderful it is.

  2. ruth singer says:

    It looks like it hasn’t changed in the 20+ years since I’ve been there! Wonderful. Pondering going next week and I think you have persuaded me!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s