Saturday morning and here we all are at Wetherby Racecourse, attending the January Jaguar Antiques Fair. Brrrr!
Sunny Sunday morning and the white stuff has more or less vanished - what a difference a day makes. Our Sunday antiques hunt took in Kelham Hall, near Newark in Nottinghamshire, an amazing Victorian Gothic mansion, no symmetry in sight, all pointy, irregular shapes reaching into the sky. It was designed by George Gilbert Scott and completed in 1862.
By 1903 it was no longer a private home, it was an Anglican theological college and for this reason it has a large early 20th century extension. This was our first visit and we were quite overcome by the huge, atmospheric Great Chapel, built in 1928.
How could we concentrate on the purpose of our visit (the regular bi-monthly antiques fair) beneath these majestic Art Deco arches? We just gazed upwards, eyes wide, smiling beatifically.
Scott was keen to apply the Gothic style to non-religious as well as ecclesiastical buildings and Kelham Hall is as inspiring as the later chapel, with an all-pervading though pleasantly divine atmosphere.
We tried our hardest, but the architectural delights on view were too distracting.
Can you spot the bird on it?
Happily, all we needed was a brief rest in the sun to revive our very secular antiques hunting instincts.***