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The fireplace

By mrswoolybill
Introducing a little series from Seaton Delaval Hall, near Tynemouth.
The 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 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.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Sculpture Architecture Black and white Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Seaton Delaval Hall

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bliba Plus
17 1 2 Austria
2 May 2019 7:50AM
great capture -..very well composed and converted to mono
Jasper87 Plus
13 3.3k 164 England
2 May 2019 8:04AM
Limbo - a place of great aspirations.... and photo opportunities.
2 May 2019 8:08AM
Certainly sounds like that place was ill-fated from the start.
AlfieK Plus
6 1 1 United Kingdom
2 May 2019 8:12AM
Lot to be said for a two up, two down! Great pic, sad story.
franken Plus
20 5.6k 4 United Kingdom
2 May 2019 8:29AM
Interesting write up and image, Moira.
viscostatic 16 50 11 United Kingdom
2 May 2019 8:32AM
A sad background to this image. Life is for living, not accumulating grand properties. I do like this composition though Moira.

Nicely taken and composed monochrome GrinGrinGrinGrin
leo_nid 6 12
2 May 2019 9:01AM
excellent tones and framing for these interior details
2 May 2019 9:13AM
A well thought out composition, Moira.

mac Plus
21 14 Scotland
2 May 2019 10:09AM
Enjoyed the potted history. Good composition with all the verticals vertical!
clicknimagine Plus
13 1.1k 105 India
2 May 2019 10:55AM
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
2 May 2019 11:38AM
Reading your write-up Moira does indeed make you think why they bothered. A very well composed and framed image 👍
Trev 😀
mistere Plus
9 24 7 England
2 May 2019 12:36PM
Wonderful image and write up, Moira.
A shame the house was never finished but,
given it's history, i don't blame anybody for not taking it on.

mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2590 United Kingdom
2 May 2019 12:52PM
Thanks everyone. I should add that the property was acquired a few years ago by the National Trust and is currently undergoing massive work. They cannot restore the Hall as use of the upper floor is not considered viable, but the remaining intact West Wing is being improved. It's still a very good visit.
Saastad 3 16 17 Norway
2 May 2019 1:09PM
Great details witch show both nice structur and fine light and shadows!
Really nice work Moira!

Arne Smile
Joline Plus
16 38 59 United States
2 May 2019 1:24PM
A sad but interesting history....sounds like someone put a curse on it.....hopefully the National Trust doesn't have any disasters.
saltireblue Plus
12 13.7k 84 Norway
2 May 2019 6:15PM
Northumberland's answer to Tutankhamun's curse.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2590 United Kingdom
2 May 2019 8:07PM
Thanks everyone, and Somnath thanks for the UA.
BobbyMS 6 4 1
2 May 2019 8:34PM
Another granular closeup that impresses with its pp dexterity, and of course the accompanying explanation is as usual first rate journalism.
RonnieAG Plus
13 154 119 Scotland
3 May 2019 5:36AM
What a sad outcome for this building, Moira: at least the NT is saving some small part.
Your photo shows off part of what would have been a grand fireplace, but the grainy presentation somehow seems to be so appropriate to this subject matter.

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