Friday 2 December 2011: Statue in Thornbridge Hall
I love old weathered statues and Thornbridge Hall has a wonderful collection.
Here's a brief history of Thornbridge Hall, which if you're in the area when they have an open day pop along it's well worth a visit.
12th to the late 18th century seat of the Longsdon family
1790 to 1859 Morewood family - enlarged the house
1859 Frederick Craven - rebuilt the house in Jacobean style and installed the William Morris/Burne-Jones window in the Great Hall
1896 George Marples (sheffield business man & lawyer) - enlarged the house to nearly its present form, built lodges & cottages, landscaped the park & gardens, added his own private railway station, & acquired the Watson buffet fountain from Chatsworth
1929 Charles Boot (Sheffield entrepreneur) - added items from Clumber Park & panelling from Derwent Hall
1945 Sheffield City Council - ran thornbridge as a teacher training college, an educational centre and conference centre
1997 The Hunt family - started restoration work to the gardens and removed inappropriate additions to the house to reveal its proper proportions
2002 Now owned by Emma and Jim Harrison and is both a private family home and an exclusive venue for events.