I guess I have a “thing” about Victorias — writers, queens, magazines, whatever. I loved the first Victoria magazine, published from 1987 to 2003, and I love the new version, published since 2007. When it arrives every other month, I put it aside until I have a couple of quiet hours in which to enjoy it uninterrupted.
So in this busy summer, it took me a long time to get around to the September-October issue, which arrived a few weeks ago. On pp. 40-45, I found a lovely photographic story about Holker Hall, a stately home in the English Lake District which I have visited. How delightful to experience the house and its gardens all over again. Here is a link to Victoria magazine and here is a link to the Hall’s website.
The 7th Duke of Devonshire left Holker to a younger son (in 1908), and thus it passed out of the direct control of the dukes themselves. That younger son was a grandfather of the present Lord Cavendish.
The newer wing of the house, built in the 1870’s contains many outstanding features in woodworking, plaster designs, lighting and furnishings. If you look at the pictures in the magazine article, it is almost possible to think of yourself sitting in one of the comfortable armchairs, waiting for tea or reading one of the 3,500 books in the library. The cantilevered staircase pictured at left was carved by estate workers of local wood.
I hope Peter is still at Mr. McGregor’s House and not stirring things up at beautiful Holker Hall.