We came together to look at photos of the various houses visited over the summer and exchange ideas about the influences on the design of Campden House and Gardens. As a group we had seen Aston Hall and Hatfield House, but individual members of the research group had also been to Montecute House, Bolsover Castle, Chastleton House and Longleat. Locally we saw Stanway House with much used interior and its tall fountain.
Lots to talk about – all the houses of the period had Long Galleries so we are sure that Campden House had one too, overlooking the garden – but on the first or second floor? On the ground floor there would have been a loggia – another space for strolling in, open to the garden as at Hatfield: the columns are shown in the later drawing of Campden House. On the other side of the house, the entrance for visitors would probably have led into a Great Hall, with the domestic quarters to one side. Our visit to Aston had shown that it would have been here that the visitors and household ate, before the special guests moved to one of the banqueting houses for their sweetmeats and entertainment. We didn’t get as far as sketching our house design, but that will happen.
The gardens next – four of us went to Lyveden New Bield to look at the gardens there, and we have plans for visiting other places – but maybe they will have to wait until the spring.