I promised to show you pics from Cliffe Castle, Keighley, so without further ado, here we go. It is quite a long post, so make a cup of tea and sit back and enjoy.
I had never heard of this place before, but I thought it sounded interesting. I took a bus from the centre of town and got off near the lower entrance. As I walked up the hill, I was greeted with a mass of spring crocus, breathtakingly beautiful amongst the mature trees. The gardens are being renovated and work is due to be finished in July.
Just outside the Castle is a blossom tree, looking like heaven against the blue sky. The pink was so vivid and the warmth of spring was evident.
The house is imposing from the outside, castle-like with its turret. However the interior is just sheer elegance and delight. Filled with amazing furniture. Three rooms are preserved. Cliffe Castle was originally the home of Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield. Completed in the 1880s the building was funded by the Butterfield family’s industrial empire which included wool textile mills and a shipping business. He had impeccable taste. It is full of interesting and inspiring objects.
In the remaining rooms open to the public is the museum with its collections of teapots and ceramics, tools and local industry, animal bones such as mammoth tooth, rocks, fossils, minerals and gems, an incredible long piece of fibre art made by a local artist Naomi Parker on the Evolution of Life, a paper cut from over a hundred years ago, Indian textiles, fabulous paintings, taxidermy (not fond of it but it struck me that if you really want to draw, it is easier with dead animals than ones that move:)), amazing stained glass and fashion through the ages.
Until 23 April 2017, you can also see the incredible art of Kate Lycett and her beautiful paintings of lost South Pennines houses.
I found it all thoroughly absorbing, and have only shown you a fraction of what I photographed. Cliffe Castle is a good 15 minute walk from the centre, or a short bus ride. It is free. It makes a great day out with East Riddlesdon Hall that I wrote about in Part 1 of the blog this week. The green hills will beckon too.
See you after the weekend, have an enjoyable one
Words, images copyright Karen Platt 2017