Within my lifetime Britain has lost some treasured old houses. Two contrasting fortunes then from Nottinghamshire. First, Rufford Abbey, the greater part of which, excluding the ancient abbey itself, was demolished in 1956.

And today it is a premier destination for those seeking a prime day out, it being maintained almost impeccably by the local council. It possesses a marvelous park and gardens, full of statues, one of which I featured on Thursday.

Still it has a certain charm and a most excellent Savile Restaurant, named after the original residents. Nearby Thoresby Hall has survived intact as the jewel in the crown of Warner Leisure Hotels. Thanks to them I can show the interior of the library and the “Blue Dining Room”.

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