Lincolnshire Journals

Belton House

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An August 2008 trip to Lincolnshire by MichaelJM

Belton House Photo, Lincolnshire, England More Photos
Quote: Although Belton House is only a few miles away from our village, I'd only ever visited the grounds on one previous ocassion. This time we were to explore the house

Apartment Hotel The Place

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Hotel | "Eating in, Sleeping and Eating Again!"

Apartment Hotel The Place Photo, Manchester, England
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I’d done my usual trick of checking laterooms.com and the hotel’s own web site before ringing up to negotiate a deal. As usual the hotel room rate was more than the web site but when challenged they agreed a price match and a room upgrade to a bigger apartment. The deal at £87 for a two room apartment together with breakfast seemed good to me and the advantage of a direct booking is that there’s no advance charge and the cancellation could be up to 12 noon on the day of arrival.I arrived at The Place just after 18 hrs. It’s really conveniently sited an a quiet road close to Piccadilly Station and only a 15 minute walk up to China town and 10 minutes to the centre of town. It’s an old wareh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2008

Apartment Hotel The Place
DUCIE STREET
Manchester, England
44 161 7787500

Belton House

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Attraction | "Exploring the First Floor"

Belton House Photo, Lincolnshire, England
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After the library we head off for the Chinese Room with its handmade Chinese wallpaper adorning the walls. Although the wallpaer itself dates back to the 18th Century it was not hung in the room until the 1840’s. Early wallpaper was made in oblong segments rather than the rolls of today and it was specifically designed for the room it was finally hung in. The paper is "a mess of activity" with birds and butterflies flitting through the forest of bamboo above the Chinese characters that make up the freize. Of course the characters comply with the 18th th Century European view of people from the orient with them all sporting the classic "topknot" hairstyle. Naturally over the centuries there has been so...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2008

Belton House
Grantham-Lincoln Road
Lincolnshire, England NG32 2LS
+44 (1476) 566116

Belton House

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Attraction | "Belton Parish Church"

Belton House Photo, Lincolnshire, England
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I’d hurriedly visited the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul on one previous occasion, but this time I was intent on giving it a bit more time. You get the first view of the Church from the end of the garden as its tower protrudes above the mansion’s orangery and it’s only a st ride or two away from that fine building. Access is by a narrow walkway from the outskirts of the garden and within seconds we’d reached the gateway to the churchyard and the entrance to Belton’s church. The church is maintained by the parish "in the Diocese of Lincoln" and has still an active although not large congregation. The Church is a compact building with loads of history much of which is evident even to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2008

Belton House
Grantham-Lincoln Road
Lincolnshire, England NG32 2LS
+44 (1476) 566116

Belton House

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Attraction | "The Ground Floor and Out to the Lake"

Belton House Photo, Lincolnshire, England
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At the bottom of the West Staircase our first visit was into the Ante room which has now been turned over as a sitting area for visitors to the Mansion. In its day this was known as "the little room next to the library" and back in 1737 it was sparsely furnished with a couple of chairs and a map of Belton. Today there are guns (one with a 10 foot barrel) and hunting spears adorning the walls. It’s not a hugely interesting room so we were soon heading for the study.Originally this room was part of a suite of rooms known as the school rooms but by 1737 it had been re-modelled as Viscount Tyrconnel’s library. The floor-to-ceiling shelves are stacked with books. But all is not what it seems as...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2008

Belton House
Grantham-Lincoln Road
Lincolnshire, England NG32 2LS
+44 (1476) 566116

Belton House

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Attraction | "Checking Out the State Rooms"

Belton House Photo, Lincolnshire, England
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Having climbed the broad set of stairs to the entrance to the mansion house we found ourselves in the entrance hall of Belton. This has been affectionately known as the Marble Hall since 1688 and it’s no surprise to learn that this name relates to the marble floor. What is surprising is that the floor is in fact the original one that was laid by William Stanton at a total cost of £100 (around £9,000 in today’s money) and that the room’s layout is also the same as the early construction. Throughout the day the guides give a short introductory talk on the history of the house and although we missed the first part we soon caught up. The guide rattled off so many facts about the house that it was hard to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2008

Belton House
Grantham-Lincoln Road
Lincolnshire, England NG32 2LS
+44 (1476) 566116

Belton House

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Attraction | "Ground Floor - Chapel and Beyond"

Belton House Photo, Lincolnshire, England
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The Chapel Drawing room has been known as the ante-room and the "blue drawing room" and this was the place where the Lord Tyrconnel displayed his porcelain collection and where his guests would meet for afternoon tea after they’d strolled around the gardens. As his showcase this room was lavishly furnished and back in 1698 an inventory had valued the furniture at £300 (over £26,000 in today’s value. I was elegantly painted in mock blue marble paintwork (and you can still see this over 300 years later and the wall afforded a perfect hanging place for two exquisite 17th Century tapestries. They were supplied to Sir John Brownlow in 1691 and he had specified that they had to be the same as those owned by...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 25, 2008

Belton House
Grantham-Lincoln Road
Lincolnshire, England NG32 2LS
+44 (1476) 566116