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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Melford Hall

Melford Hall is owned by the National Trust and has opened to the public again after its winter respite. The hall is located in the town of Long Melford in Suffolk, just off the A134. There are photo opportunities both inside the house and outside in the gardens.

A photo of Melford Hall from last summer when the weather was better

The whole environment at Melford Hall feels more relaxed than at many stately homes, notable by the fact you can sit on some of the furniture and even take tea in one of the rooms outside of the cafe. You can take photographs so long as you don't use flash, so I took my 28 f1.8 and Canon 5D2 with me for this trip. Normally I'd take my 50 f1.4, but I was keen at times to have the option to include more of the room.

The hall is filled with objects beautifully illuminated in the natural light.

Clock Green Decanter Creaky Stairs ©Andy Miles Photography Deeds Golden Canopy

The rooms echo the past eras, from the wooden panelled main hall to the more modern rooms including a piano and memorabilia from Beatrix Potter who often stayed there.

Piano Room

The Hyde Parkers, the family of the house, also have a strong naval history. Consequently there is a selection of naval memorabilia including the bell from HMS Superb and some navigation aids. 

Finding the Way

Photos complete, it was time to take the opportunity for refreshment, supping tea and cake in the drawing room. I would have taken a photo, only I have to admit it was the best chocolate cake I've ever tasted. Incredibly chocolaty, but in no way sickly.

Melford Hall is a great place to visit as a photographer, and there is also Long Melford town to photograph too. In the future I'll aim to blog my outside photos from a previous trip last summer.

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