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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
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The kitchen range has survived in situ
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Fragments of the finished interior exist throughout the ground floor
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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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