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A description of Hemsworth High Hall-A typical Georgian mansion.

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A description of Hemsworth High Hall-A typical Georgian mansion. Hemsworth High Hall was built in 1770, so it an 18th mansion. During this time Britain as ruled by a series of kings called George, so the 18th century was called the Georgian times. The Georgian period was an age of beautiful country houses, built in the style and taste which reflected the wealth an status of their owners. Due to the improvements in agriculture and overseas trade, many landowners and merchants became filthy rich and could construct there own luxury mansions, even though there was a high chance that they would die before it was finished. The rich men would employ the finest designers, landscape gardeners and architects. One of the most architectural interests around this time was on the work of an Italian called Andrea Palladio. ...read more.

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When the visitor finally gets up to the house he would first tie up his horse on the hitching hook and use the boot scraper to get rid of any mud on the bottom of there shoes. The central doorway is reached by a flight of nine shallow stone steps, leading onto a handsome porch with two pairs of delicately crafted Tuscan pillars. Above the door there was a beautiful stained glass fanlight and resting on the pillars is a parapet which shows the owners of the country mansion were rich. The whole of the mansion was built out of stone, as brick was seen as common. Many rich men have got to have the stone quarried and brought to the construction site as stone was not usually found locally. ...read more.

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The mansion was surrounded by lush gardens that had magnificent views in all directions, and had many exotic plant species imported from different Countries like Brazilian coffee plants. There is also an avenue of trees, with many fine examples of oak, ash and sycamore. Next to the gardens was the land were the animals grazed. To stop the sheep and cows from eating the tropical plants, a Ha-Ha wall is dug out. A Ha-Ha wall is a ditch with one very steep wall to stop the animals climbing up, and small footbridges allowed the owner to get across. During the Georgian age, may rich landowners wanted to show of there cumulated wealth so would spend much of there money on furnishing the inside and making the outside very decretive. Even if they did not have allot of money hey would try and give the impression that they were rich, or as it is all so called, a facade. ...read more.

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