On display at Wollaton Hall is an oil painting of Piazza di Monte Cavallo in Rome. The canvas painting is an imitation of the same scene painted by the 18th century Italian painter Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. In the foreground of the painting are two marble sculptures of Dioscuri (horse tamers) which once stood in front of the Thermae at the Baths of Constantine. Thermae Constantinianae was a public bathing complex located on Quirinal Hill in Rome which dates to the 4th century.
Located in the village of Langar Cum Barnstone is the Church of St Andrew. Constructed in the 13th century, the church is built from coursed squared ironstone with limestone dressings.
The building features perpendicular mullioned windows, triple lancet clerestorey windows and embattled parapets.
The church was heavily restored by the Reverend Thomas Butler in the 1860’s and is Grade I Listed.
High up on the walls in the Great Hall at Wollaton Hall are the display of ‘Brown Bess’ flintlock muskets. Henry, the 6th Lord Middleton, became the commanding officer of the Loyal Wollaton, Lenton and Beeston Volunteer Infantry in 1804. Ready to deal with the invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte’s army, Lord Middleton armed the volunteers with these muskets. The same muskets were used by Lord Middleton’s personal regiment in 1831 during the Reform Bill riots and aided by some miners from his coal mines, were successful in the attack.
Wollaton Hall in Nottinghamshire was built as a country house for the landowner Sir Francis Willoughby who inherited the estate from his father, Sir Henry Willoughby, in 1564. The sumptuous residence was designed by the English architect Robert Smythson and built between 1580-1588.
The building is constructed of Ancaster limestone ashlar and details a classical order on each floor of the building. Classical Roman and Greek figures are set in circular niches in the projecting corners of the building.
The central hall (above) features a screen with passage and gallery above also designed by Robert Smythson. The screen has Doric columns, sculpted figures and stone entablature.
The ornate hammer-beam roof features shields and sculpted figures supporting the roof timbers. The oak panelled ceiling dates to 1830 when the English architect Sir Jeffry Wyatville altered part of the building for the 6th Lord Middleton.
Wollaton Hall was converted to a museum in 1925 and is Grade I Listed.
Located on Upper Parliament Street in Nottingham is the Theatre Royal. The Theatre was built in 1865 and was designed by the English architect Charles John Phipps. The stucco facade features a corinthian portico with dentillated cornice, engaged corinthian pilasters on plinths and is two storeys high. The building was restored in 1976 with the front facade remaining intact. The building is Grade II Listed.
Located in Blyth near Worksop is the estate of Hodsock Priory. The estate was listed in the Domesday Book in 1086 and has been an entertainment venue for kings of England throughout the centuries.
During World War II, The Women’s Land Army were stationed at the house and maintained the vegetables which had replaced the grandeur gardens of the estate. After World War II, Hodsock escaped the sad fate of many other country houses which were sold or knocked down. The house was refurbished in 2007 returning it to the splendour of 1829 with heritage paints, fabrics and fixtures.
Dating to the early 16th century, the Gatehouse is one of few Tudor brick buildings in the county of Nottinghamshire. The Gatehouse and Bridge are the oldest surviving structures on the estate. The Gatehouse features octagonal turrets, ashlar quoins and central archway. The Gatehouse and Bridge are Grade I listed.