Driving up the vast drive, and on a slight hill, you are met with a lusious green grass, with deers in the distance. The picture is like something out of a movie. To be precise, the Batman movie. This 16th century Elibethean Hall was used as the setting for the Batman Manor and its clear to see why.
Exterior of Wollaton Hall
Wollaton Hall was built in 1580 by Elizabethan architect Robert Smythson. Over the years it has undergone massive transformations in order to keep it at its peak. In 1702, the Duchess of Chandos recorded that some of the statuary, were brought from in Italy including the decorative gondola mooring rings carved in stone on the exterior walls. The building is of Ancaster stone from Lincolnshire.
There are also obvious French and Dutch influences. The exterior and hall have extensive and busy carved decoration, featuring strapwork and a profusion of decorative forms, as well as the window tracery of the upper floors.
Interior of Wollaton Hall
The floor plan has been said to derive from Serlio’s drawing of Giuliano da Majano’s Villa Poggio Reale near Naples of the late 15th century, with elevations derived from Hans Vredeman de Vries.
The building consists of a central block dominated by a hall three storeys high, with a stone screen at one end and galleries at either end. From this there are extensive views of the park and surrounding country. There are towers at each corner, projecting out from this top floor. At each corner of the house is a square pavilion of three storeys. Much of the basement storey is cut from the rock the house sits on.
Its actual use, is as Nottingham Natural History Museum with the surrounding parkland used for sporting events and concert.
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