When you allow yourself to be opened up to the wonders of the world, now and again you'll come across something - or somewhere - that instantly wins a place in your heart. During a recent research trip to Nottingham I discovered that Colwick Hall was one such place.
Colwick Hall, now a thriving hotel overlooking Nottingham racecourse, was the ancestral home to Lord Byron. Any building associated with the Byron clan is undoubtedly rich with history and excitement. However, this particular building is enhanced by an additional connection.
The stories of Colwick Hall are not only birthed from its association with the Byrons; they're also the product of the years spent with the Musters family. To adhere to my own personal interests, this includes the (wonderful, if I may) Mary Chaworth-Musters.
As an admirer of Mary - and, as her admirer, I must express a preference to calling her Mary Ann Chaworth due to obvious reasons of Byronic misfortune - I arrived at Colwick Hall with great anticipation. Its very fabrication was the stuff of my dreams. And, as the proverb goes, dreams can come true.
I share with you a small collection of photographs taken during my visit. What was planned to be a brief sit-down for a coffee in the beautiful (and it really is beautiful!) Byron Brasserie turned into a heavenly waltz inside the Hall itself. I cannot enough thank the wonderful gentleman who invited us to venture into the depths of Colwick Hall as he led us through from the Brasserie. How the heart doth sing!
|The roof of the Byron Brasserie!|
Oh, and Happy 226th Birthday, Byron!
|Byron's Dream by Ford Madox Brown|