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It's some months since the wee TE visit to Buxton, and the weather generally was not kind, particularly on the morning of our visit to see the Well Dressings at Tissington. Which probably explains the relative paucity of posts from the place. This is indeed my first from Tissington: I was recently going through my images of that visit again to tag them (I'm a bit obsessive about that), and thought that maybe this one was up to snuff. It's a toned monochrome, as it was pouring with rain at the time, and colour wouldn't have looked happy.

Tissington Hall is an early 17th-century Jacobean mansion house situated at Tissington, near Ashbourne. Derbyshire. It is a Grade II listed building. The FitzHerberts, descended from a Norman family, acquired Tissington by the marriage of Nicholas FitzHerbert to Ciceley Frauncis, heiress of Tissington, in 1465.

The old moated manor at Tissington was replaced with the new mansion in 1609 by Francis FitzHerbert and remains the home of the FitzHerbert family. The current occupant is Sir Richard Ranulph FitzHerbert Bart.

It is the hall that makes Tissington Hall unusual. It is one of a small group of compact Derbyshire gentry houses in which a central hall runs through the house from front to back. This unusual feature may be due to the influence of the grand example of a through-hall at Hardwick, in the same county. Behind the two-storey enclosed entrance porch, the hall is entered at the centre of one end. On the left are two parlors separated by a stairhall, on the right a kitchen and buttery. Corner towers on the garden front, now linked by the additional upper floor above the gallery range, provide further rooms. A rococo gothic fireplace in the house follows a published design by Batty Langley. The Hall is open to the public at specified times of the year and is available for commercial and private functions. Several members of our party went inside; I didn't. I probably missed out, certainly on the shelter!

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