The last visit of 2012 was to Holme Pierrepont Hall in Nottingham on December 7th. We had 39 people who wanted to go, a small coach had been organized but was not large enough to hold all who wished to visit the house, several people offered to drive themselves. We were greeted by Robert Brackenbury, who with his wife, own the Hall which is quite unspoilt and is set amongst the water meadows of Nottingham. They bought the house in a state of decay and have embarked on its restoration.
Holme Pierrepont is one of those familiar manorial groupings where the village has disappeared leaving the manor house next to the church. Our visit began with a tour of the church which contains an alabaster effigy of Sir Henry Pierrepont, who died in 1499. We continued to the house which has unusually well preserved chambers with chimneypieces and garderobes akin to those found in Oxbridge colleges. There is a magnificent carved staircase which dates from the late seventeenth century.
Giles Hopkinson gave a vote of thanks after luncheon and we left at four, just as the sun had almost set after a fascinating day.