I loved this owl bench. It also shows the what the weather is like in England. RAINY!
The Harkwick Old Hall has survived only as a shell, with remnants of its plaster decoration. James Hardwick (1525-1580) built this manor house to which his sister Bess made radical alterations in the 1580s. Bess did not abandon the Old Hall in favour of her New Hall, which was mostly complete by1597. She used both and some rooms remained habitable until the end of the 18th century. Gradually though, as no major building work was carried out, much of the structure became unstable and eventually ruinous. In the 1960s the structure of the Old Hall was consolidated making it possible for the first time for visitors to walk through the ruins. English Heritage continues to open them to the public of which we were able to see this building.
You can see what it did look like with this drawing above.
Not a good picture but you can see what the kitchen looked like.
From here you can see over to the New Hall which is run by the National Trust.
You have to love this sign.