Holed up with priests

well, it wasn’t me actually holed up, it was the priests!  Baddesley Clinton is now owned by the National Trust, previously was the home to the Ferrers family since the 1500’s.  The Ferrers were catholic and during the turbulent Tudor times, it was home to a number of priests who could hide in one of a couple of different priest holes scattered around the house.  It is a well protected house with a moat, now frequented by ducks:

Ducks happily swimming in the moat

Ducks happily swimming in the moat

Who have these rather convenient steps to get in and out of the water

I didn't manage to photograph, but I did see it in use by the mallards

I didn’t manage to photograph, but I did see it in use by the mallards

There is lots of fantastic furniture throughout the house, in the interest of preservation flash photography is not allowed inside.  I was rather tickled by the tradition started in the 1500s to commemorate marriages by showing the combination of coats of arms arising from the nuptials by way of stained glass windows:

Old marriages shown in stained glass

Old marriages shown in stained glass

which was still continued in more modern times!

A more recent marriage documented in the windows

A more recent marriage documented in the windows

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