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Wollaton Hall Museum

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Moz    124

Hi, hope everyone is OK. Not been on here for a while.

Micky, my wife, and I were talking the other day about Wollaton Hall. She remembers back in the early 80s being given a tour around the place seeing the many exhibits on display both in the public areas and downstairs in the 'vaults' where there were many more. We wondered if anyone knew what had happened to these many exhibits as only a few are now on display. Have they been stored somewhere? Given away or sold? Or just destroyed?

Any information welcome.

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catfan    8,730

Organised trips are a regular thing at Wollaton Hall Moz. Seeing parts of the museum normally off limits to the general public.

Mrs Catfan & I went on a tour last year & was well worth a fiver apiece. from the rooftop down to the cellars, money well spent.

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Tours of Wollaton Hall

The tours take place daily at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm when the Hall is open.

The cost is £5 for adults and £4 for concessions. Under 5s FREE

Specialised Tours of Wollaton Hall

Specialised tours of Wollaton Hall are available and can be arranged for groups of 10 or more. Tours available are:

Architecture; Behind the Scenes; Spooky Ghost Tours; Prospect Room; Tudor Tours; Tudor Kitchens; Garden Tours

Specialised tours cost £10 per person and must be pre-booked by calling 0115 87631300.

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Michael Booth    7,013

I've always thought that Wollaton Hall is such a beautiful building. One that Nottingham should be proud of.

It's a great photo, catfan. Is it one of yours?

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Bilbraborn    1,563

I have a great booklet about the ghosts around Wollaton Hall. Quite scary.

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catfan    8,730

#. MB.

Certainly is Michael !

Thank you for the compliment.

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Michael Booth    7,013

I've mentioned before on other threads how good your photos are, catfan. I've seen lots of photos of Wollaton Hall but they've either been from a distance or just part of the Hall. When I saw your photo I copied it to save. Thanks.

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Bilbraborn    1,563

That photo is taken from the rear. Probably from near the circular fish pond.

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Ayupmeducks    1,208

Ironic, that place was built with the money earned from coal.

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catfan    8,730
catfan    8,730

A few from the tour June 2013

Rooftop view.

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Steps to the top.

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Thats far enough for me. Rooftop Photo's taken by Mrs Catfan.

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Lots of underground passages.

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Even had their own brewery.

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Cats !

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banjo48    888

The ornate chimney stacks amaze me, so much fancy work in them just to expel the smoke but as said coal was king then.

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Michael Booth    7,013

It'a a beautiful place. Apart from Wollaton Hall there are nice walks and recreational areas. My favourite place is near the car park area because that's where the ice cream van always parks. :biggrin:

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Trevor S    1,992

caftan.....is the gorilla in the glass case still frightening unwary visitors? It used to be hidden around a corner when I last remember seeing it.

great photos by the way... hellothere

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catfan    8,730

Yes Trev it is / was when we visited last.

Thankyou BTW.

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poohbear    1,274

Pity the huge egg collection is hidden away..but I suppose you can't encourage the kids nowadays...Mind you most bird losses over the last fifty years are down to agriculture, not kids bird nesting.

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DavidL    5

Yes, a great place Wollaton Hall.

I lived about 200 yards from there by the halfway gates along the avenue. In those days you could climb through a fence that had wide openings. Now you have go to Wollaton Road entrance as the fence is now kid proof.

I shall always remember the 1951 centenary of the 1851 Great Exhibition. For a kid of 11 it was a fairy tale. All the trees on the avenue had lit up animals and others in weird places. i managed to see the Army lay on some sort of parade, fireworks etc. Marvellous.I hope they do it again in 2051, sadly I won't be there!

Sounds as though some of the exhibits have dwindled a bit. The main one taken out years ago was the stuffed gorilla at the entrance. By golly that was large!

I visited the place again in the late eighties and it seems as though someone has pinched the cannons from the balcony. Any idea where they went.?

Used to play football when unknown lads turned up. You just joined in.

What a park if you live in the area. Fond memories

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Ayupmeducks    1,208

Right on Catfan, he had the walls built so as his family and guests wouldn't see the "peasants" dwellings to the east. He forbid housing to be built nearby that would have served his miners.

His first "colliery" were bell pits to the west of the estate, later as underground mining technology improved the Middletons sunk the first underground Wollaton colliery a few hundred yards to the north west, the same one that created the legal feud over the drainage tunnel, (sough) with Lord Newcastle.

Then another later Middleton sunk the last Wollaton Colliery just north of the estate and Radford Colliery to the east of the estate.

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ValuerJim    212

Is the Orangery still standing? It's a good few years since I last visited, but it was looking very dilapidated and sorry for itself.

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catfan    8,730

My dad was miner at Wollaton Colliery !

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parmitage    125

Wollaton Hall is a great place to visit and I take schools there from Tamworth now and then and the children love the place. Of course it was stately Wayne Manor wasn't it?

The tour is worth every penny.

Best wishes

Peter

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parmitage    125

My Dad - William Frankland worked at Wollaton Hall for many years

Best wishes

Peter

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Ayupmeducks    1,208

We had a couple of electricians from Wollaton at Clifton, together with the elec eng in charge who was transferred to finish his days out to retirement.

Dave Watson and Ernie Gerrard, forget the engineers name, Stan something or other if I recall right.

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Bilbraborn    1,563

Wollaton Park featured largely in my childhood, from hanging around the hall to playing football on the grass areas. As teens we used to sit supping tea in the café on summer Sunday afternoons or take girls snogging (!?) under the cover of the ferns growing near Derby Road. Happy days.

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benjamin1945    8,165

Although living 4 or 5 miles away on Bestwood Estate, Wollaton Park holds many memories for me too,we used to cycle there as 9 and ten year olds,sometimes Fishing but mostly just exploring,and we were fascinated by the Gorrilla's Tackle lol.

Also remember playing Football for Padstow against Cottesmore there,remember vividly because we won 10-0,and I scored a few,.And nearly 60 years later seeing my Grandson score a couple on the same pitch,while I ran the line for his youth club,i think Wollaton Park is a great asset for Nottingham.

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