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The Guidebook describes Brodsworth Hall as 'an outstanding example of a Victorian Country house'. Using the evidence you have gained from the site, explain how far you agree with this statement.

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The Guidebook describes Brodsworth Hall as 'an outstanding example of a Victorian Country house'. Using the evidence you have gained from the site, explain how far you agree with this statement. Brodsworth Hall is situated outside a small village called Brodsworth and about three miles from Doncaster. Brodsworth Hall was built in 1860 when Charles Sabine Augustus Thelluson acquired the hall form his great great grandfathers will. The house was rebuilt into a more modern hall and had an older style to the time. The style of houses in the Victorian period was Gothic and Elizabethan but Thelluson went for the fashion of Italian Palazzo. The house was built with magnesian limestone which was from the quarry on the estate. In this essay I will be discussing what makes Brodsworth Hal an outstanding example and weather I agree with the statement or not. We went on a visit to the house and had a tour of the different rooms. In some rooms there were Victorian styles and in others there weren't. We started the tour off in the Entrance Hall and I noticed that in the entrance hall a number of things were not Victorian for example the carpet was recreated because it was so tatty, the fire places were in the Georgian style as well as the skirting boards ceiling and banister. ...read more.

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The walls were originally silk but later additions of cotton were made there was a bell which was added in the 20th century which was to celebrate the silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth 2nd. The room had many influences from the 2oth century such as chintz which was on the chairs and the curtains would have originally been made out of velvet or wool and would have been of a rich crimson colour the original curtains were not present in the room as Sylvia Grant-Dalton cut a meter off the bottom which meant that the curtains in the room were not original. The room had gilt chairs and a grand piano. The fire screen and the fire were original to the Victorian period. The bedrooms had a lot of original features such as the beds and some radiators and fire places. There were many things that were not original such as sinks, electric fires and insect traps. The house was lived in until the late 1980's which means that many objects had nothing to do with the Victorian or Georgian period but some things were from the 1960's such as a record player and records. Most of the kitchen's objects were original for example all the pots and pans were original and most of the utensils. ...read more.

Conclusion

If you look at the house from the garden you would notice that the windows were symmetrical but if you went up close you could see that some of the windows were fake. That is a Victorian trait as it was the fashionable thing to have symmetrical windows and gardens. The gardens had many different parts to it such as the flower garden the archery course and the croquet lawn. This was definitely a Victorian fashion because Georgians had great open lawns but when botanists came back from exotic countries they would bring plants which were used in the gardens to create exotic gardens. Brodsworth Hall was a good example of a Victorian house but there were many other factors which made it a bad example. The children's play room was made into an education centre so we couldn't tell if the children had a good environment for playing or how the room was laid out. In conclusion I don't completely agree with the statement: "An outstanding example of a Victorian Country house" but I do think that Brodsworth Hall was a good example of a Victorian country house I do think that there were many things that could have been changed to make it better. To completely understand how well Brodsworth Hall you have to see it for yourself. I think that Brodsworth hall was good but not as good as it could be. ...read more.

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