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Brinkburn Priory Part Two – The Mansion

11 Oct 2021 12:04PM  
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Just a few steps away from Brinkburn Priory is the Mansion, a fascinating and tantalising insight into what it might once have been and indeed how it was constructed. It’s a pity that our son Mike, who is an architect, wasn’t there as well as he would have been able to answer the questions that I had. Still, one good speculation is worth a thousand certainties, so here goes with a sampling of first the outside and then the interior. Camera was the Pentax K-3 II, used at whatever ludicrous ISO values as necessary, with the Pentax 12-24mm and 18-135mm lenses.

The Mansion is right next to the Priory

The kitchen range has survived in situ

Fragments of the finished interior exist throughout the ground floor









There must have been a point at which the interior was still absolutely gorgeous, maybe faded but something to want to preserve. How it could be trashed so is just shocking really, allowed to rot gently perhaps until it was too late in terms of cost, and then stripped bare of all its valuable fitments, leaving just fragments of fine plasterwork, the ocassional door, some wood panelling and the range. Presumably the range was too heavy to easily shift and regarded as old fashioned anyway.

But we can visit and explore and perhaps hear in our minds the bustle of a busy mansion, the chatter of afternoon teas and the swirling music of the ballroom in full swing.

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johnriley1uk’s latest blog : brinkburn priory part one – the priory

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Brinkburn Priory Part One – The Priory

10 Oct 2021 3:37PM  
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Before we set off on holiday we always have a “strategy meeting” and even though this time there were just the two of us, we held to the tradition. This meeting looks at the area and finds places to visit, and just as importantly when they they are open and closed. It saves long journeys to find that somewhewre only opens every other Wednesday, or, in the case of Brinkburn Priory that it is only open Saturday and Sunday throughout October. As we were at our holiday cottage Saturday to Saturday that meant that our visit to the Priory had to be Sunday, and so it was.

There is a small car park and thereafter a 400 yard walk to the Priory. This is the first glimpse as we approach:

The priory is in superb condition and clearly still in use. Here’s a selection of images showing the interior. Pentax K-3 II and SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm WR lens.




The magnifiecent organ was being played while we were there, and it is a wonderful sound, shaking the very ground we were stood on.



Ceilings can be spectacular, and shooting them can be the hard way, complete with crick in the neck, or the easy way. The easy way may need a few shots to get the perfect alingment, but place the camera on the ground, lens pointing upwards obviously, and use the self timer to activate the shutter release. 10 or 12 seconds to step back out of the way should suffice and a wide angle lens is a good place to start. Other visitors will soon pick up on the idea!


Moving onward out of the opposte door in the Priory we find that the Manor House is only a few steps away. Tomorrow’s blog will take us inside, but for now here are the Manor House and the Priory as the sun came out and bathed them both in a warm autumn glow.

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