Staunton Notebook – December 2018

We bought the last of the farms and woodland on the Coleorton Estate from Sir George Beamont in 1966.   It had been his family seat for five hundred years, though they’d sold the hall and moved away forty years earlier.   The land adjoined our Staunton Harold...

Staunton Notebook – October 2018

We four country bumpkins from Staunton would make very unhappy jailbirds;  after five hours in the National Exhibition Centre at Birmingham there was palpable relief as we emerged into the open air once more. We went there last week to explore the ‘Grand Designs’...

Staunton Notebook – September 2018

The FERRERS CENTRE -Time for a Revamp Forty four years, – that’s how long it is since we started to convert the derelict stables at Staunton Harold into workshops and studios.   There has been the odd blip along the way, but overall usage has increased steadily...

Staunton Notebook – August 2018

Shortly after we moved in to Staunton Hall in 2003 we were appoached by Nottingham University for permission to bring a coach load of their architecture students for a ‘field day’ in the grounds.    They had been doing this when the hall was a hospice.   Naturally I...

Staunton Notebook – July 2018

‘’May you live in interesting times’ is the Chinese benefaction, and ’Boy’ – we certainly do.   Football in Moscow, Tennis at Wimbledon, Lads rescued from a cave in Thailand, Novichok in Salisbury, Donald Trump in Europe.  Oh! – and then there’s Brexit. I...

Staunton Notebook – July 2018

Last Sunday was a day of two halves.  By eight o’clock in the morning the lawns were heaving with people, hundreds of them, throwing themselves into the lake, scrambling out and tearing off the wetsuits, peddling furiously off to Ticknall and Melbourne, and finally...