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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby oldbg » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:11 pm

Apparantly one of the Dukes of Portland holds the record for the shortest speeches in the House of Lords.
He wouldnt go to the House for ages and when persuaded to speak he hid behind his chair, poked his head out, said "hello" and was never seen there again.
I had a CO who knew the Bursar at Welbeck College, he said he would arrange a visit for me but unfortunately died before anything was arranged.
Why have a shoulder if the wife cant look over it?
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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby Sparky » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:40 pm

Has anyone been down the tunnels of Welbeck Abbey recently?
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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby tightwadswife » Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:19 pm

I had a tour about 6 yrs ago, is that recent enough? :)
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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby Sparky » Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:43 am

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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby tightwadswife » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:02 am

We were granted permission for a look around because a relative worked for the college. We went through the tunnels by torchlight - it was quite spooky. Every so often daylight entered via glass domed skylights and there were little rooms off to the sides, with fireplaces in them. I think they had been staff rooms. The temperature in the tunnels never fell below a certain temperature (I don't remember what) and the tunnels had for many years been used as a frost free environment for storing potatoes. I think the tunnels themselves were in sound condition but I remember the skylights were not and some were overgrown with vegetation and the glass had been broken. We entered via a large wooden door which is probably the one you refer to as looking like a garage. Our tour was limited to this particular tunnel, so you probably know more about the tunnels than I do. My son and son in law took some pics, so I'll see if I can get hold of them.
We were also fortunate in getting a chance to have a look round inside the building, including the ballroom. I hadn't realised how big the place was and it's so well hidden from the general public. My overall impression of the Abbey was that it needed some serious money spending on it to restore it to it's former grandeur.
So, huge, shabby and very,very interesting.
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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby SCOOTERMAN » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:29 am

Heres another one for you local historians,youre driving from the badgerbox at annesley, towards the motorway,on the left hand side going from kodak island theres a lovely mansion size house all majestic and old stone but its boarded up, would that be annesley hall? its huge and more noticable from the hucknall side. such a shame.
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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby whitevanman » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:47 pm

In 2008 i put my name down for a tour, but unfortunately didn't get on as there was too many. I was asked if i would like to go on the next one and they would give me a ring when it was.
I've still heard nothing.
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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby whitevanman » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:57 pm

SCOOTERMAN wrote:Heres another one for you local historians,youre driving from the badgerbox at annesley, towards the motorway,on the left hand side going from kodak island theres a lovely mansion size house all majestic and old stone but its boarded up, would that be annesley hall? its huge and more noticable from the hucknall side. such a shame.



Yes it is Annesley Hall, a very majestic building at one time, up for sale if you're interested.

http://www.nottshistory.org.uk/Jacks1881/annesley.htm
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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby m8tey » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:34 pm

whitevanman wrote:In 2008 i put my name down for a tour, but unfortunately didn't get on as there was too many. I was asked if i would like to go on the next one and they would give me a ring when it was.
I've still heard nothing.



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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby Sparky » Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:15 am

Check out these sites for lots of pics of Welbeck Abbey and the tunnels

http://location-collective.co.uk/locati ... ml?id=4649
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http://location-collective.co.uk/locati ... ml?id=4648

Does anyone recognise any of the tunnels in the photos.
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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby Warsop Person » Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:14 am

I recognise all but 1 of the pics on these links
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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby Sparky » Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:26 am

Any clues to the location of this photo in the link

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org. ... &form=home
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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby Warsop Person » Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:46 am

Looks like an old photo and I suspect the trees are somewhat bigger now and the enterence a little more overgrown. However, I think it looks like the one up towards West Park on the way out towards Whitwell Toll Bar. I will have a good look next time I pass in the day light and report back.
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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby Sparky » Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:31 am

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Re: Welbeck Abbey

Postby Warsop Person » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:56 am

It is tunnel end up past the Elephant House, well it looks like it anyway although it is now overgrown. I will post the OS grid ref when I get to look at a map later.

I forgot to mention that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are visiting Welbeck on Tuesday this week (tomorrow).
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