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After the fire

By mrswoolybill
I'll repeat the story of this place...
Seaton Delaval Hall has the kind of history that makes you think 'Why bother?'
In 1719 Admiral George Delaval commissioned Sir John Vanbrugh to design his new family home, on his estate near Tynemouth. Both men died before it was completed.
In 1822 the central area of the house suffered a catastrophic fire. Eventually the owner Lord Hastings commissioned the great Newcastle architect John Dobson to oversee restoration. He set about stripping away damaged plaster and masonry, and installed iron columns to support the weakened upper floor. The idea was that these would eventually be clad elegantly in fake marble. But Dobson too died, and work was suspended, never to be resumed. The house was left in limbo.
This is a stone staircase still with the remains of its wrought iron handrail, mangled by the fire. It's roped off, because the upper floor is unsafe, so angles are limited.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Architecture Black and white Specialist and abstract Seaton Delaval Hall

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leo_nid 6 12
7 May 2019 7:52AM
“The most tangible of all visible mysteries – fire.”
~ Leigh Hunt
Jasper87 Plus
13 3.3k 164 England
7 May 2019 8:11AM
Never trust stairs....they're always up to something!
bliba Plus
17 1 2 Austria
7 May 2019 8:12AM
great shot
Worn down by time, I knew the feeling.

ddolfelin 11 103 3 Wales
7 May 2019 8:23AM
Love this shot, Moira!
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2590 United Kingdom
7 May 2019 8:35AM
Thanks folks, and thanks Ollie for the UA. This is one of my favourites from the year so far, I think there's something emotive about worn stairs, they are shaped by human stories lived out.
7 May 2019 8:39AM
Looks very modest... a back stair?
cats_123 Plus
19 5.2k 31 Northern Ireland
7 May 2019 8:48AM
Well trodden path 😁😁
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2590 United Kingdom
7 May 2019 8:49AM

Quote:Looks very modest... a back stair?

There are I think two staircases, one on either side of the main hall, and they are both relatively modest. This surprised me, there's no grand showpiece flight of stairs. However the wrought ironwork that has survived elsewhere is rather elegant.
7 May 2019 9:17AM
Steps steeped in history where so many feet have trod on their way to heaven.
Love the flaking ironwork and dips in the stairs, Moira.

mac Plus
21 14 Scotland
7 May 2019 10:20AM
What I find interesting is that the steps show quite a degree of wear and they look very basic stairs to be in such a grand house. Well depicted within the limited range of view available to you.
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
7 May 2019 11:18AM
Despite the history, those stairs have seen some life. A fine composition and capture, Moira 👍
Trev 😀
franken Plus
20 5.6k 4 United Kingdom
7 May 2019 12:37PM
Interesting image and write up, Moira.
clicknimagine Plus
13 1.1k 105 India
7 May 2019 1:05PM
Saastad 3 16 17 Norway
7 May 2019 1:21PM
Well you got your style Moira. Now i allredy know that the picture is yours before i open it. And i really like your style too. You make gold out of grey rocks. Really lovely work again.

Arne Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2590 United Kingdom
7 May 2019 1:39PM
Thanks Arne.
I don't do pretty... Wink
Saastad 3 16 17 Norway
7 May 2019 1:42PM

Quote:Thanks Arne.
I don't do pretty... Wink

I can take care of that Moira Smile)
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
7 May 2019 7:01PM
Stairs---steps--- have always interested me-- These are a bit unusual!
JuBarney Plus
11 36 6 United Kingdom
7 May 2019 8:55PM
Beautiful old stone steps and amazing how stone can get so worn.
helenlinda Plus
15 374 22 United Kingdom
7 May 2019 9:01PM
Well captured Moira and mono is spot on
dales Plus
7 13 Australia
8 May 2019 2:17PM
Wonderful composition Moira , such a tragic set of circumstances
Chinga Plus
12 112 3 United Kingdom
9 May 2019 1:19AM
Great visual appeal...
Isabel GrinGrin

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