A few photographs from today’s visit to Calke Abbey – the “un-stately home”, as the National Trust calls it.
Yesterday I was taken on a behind the scenes tour of a large estate in Lincolnshire. Discipline is enforced through a rigid hierarchy, with:
- A strict dress code being implemented.
- Men and women being required to perform their work in separate rooms.
- Men and women having to use different routes around the establishment to ensure that social contact between the sexes is minimised.
- Enforcement of religious worship, away from the public gaze, with individuals being segregated by gender and class.
This shocking place, operating in clear conflict with British values, was Belton House, just over a century ago. The ‘downstairs’ tour is fascinating, even if our guide was somewhat more optimistic about climate change than most of the peer-reviewed science is at the moment!