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You rang mi lord ?

Posted by
Nigel (Avening, United Kingdom) on 17 November 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Tyntesfield in Somerset ia a large Victorian Country House acquired by the National Trust a few years ago. The owner had no heirs and the place, with contents, was taken on by the trust. These bells are in the basement where the staff worked. The bells are all connected to the various rooms by wires. The members of the family just pulled a handle in the room and the bell for that room rang downstairs for the butler to attend them. These are only some of the bells. Imagine the chaos if there were guests staying at the house ! Tyntesfield is a fine example of a Victorian Estate with gardens, woodland, it's own chapel and a farm. Without the National Trust many of these country houses would fall in to disrepair due to the escalating costs of their upkeep.

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Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Interesting picture and text.

17 Nov 2011 5:27am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very good document! I like very much this pictrure of an old way of life, fantastic!

17 Nov 2011 6:16am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique compo ce petites sonnettes superbe iamge et compo quel intimité et les tons doux, splendide.

Bravo et belle journée

17 Nov 2011 6:49am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Terrific image Nige, considering the light in this hallway you have done a fantastic job. My shots of this were so noisy.

17 Nov 2011 8:51am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great shot.. They must have had lots of butlers... especially when guests are there.

17 Nov 2011 9:23am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Hey lets not be hasty, this was high tech stuff back then :-)

17 Nov 2011 10:07am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fantastic shot and great story. The amazing days of analogue!

17 Nov 2011 10:36am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Gives a new meaning to "If you want something, gimme a bell"!

17 Nov 2011 10:42am

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

great details

17 Nov 2011 11:32am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

nice piece of history and write up. I wonder what happened to the Big Drawing Room's bell - a case of butler rebellion maybe!!!

17 Nov 2011 12:06pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

sehr schön mit den Schatten. Gute Info.

17 Nov 2011 2:45pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

an exclusive shot

17 Nov 2011 3:17pm

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

Very interessante this photograph…
Other times, other calling sytems!

17 Nov 2011 3:45pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Typical 'downstairs' items..;-))) Very efficient and great to see!

17 Nov 2011 4:05pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

ask not for whom the bell tolls :)

17 Nov 2011 5:42pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Nice find. Beautiful tones of braun.

17 Nov 2011 5:52pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Really intrest detail.

17 Nov 2011 6:23pm

sien from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Great details Nigel!
Very very nice image

Grz Sien

17 Nov 2011 6:42pm

k@ from Paris, France

The caramel tone & the angle are real cool !

17 Nov 2011 6:47pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

interesting detail.

17 Nov 2011 7:50pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What a surprising collection

17 Nov 2011 8:36pm

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

What aristocratic arrogance:) Nice to have money and be the boss! LOL!

17 Nov 2011 9:16pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful photo with the warm light and natural aged wood. Great information too, a very interesting shot, great post!

17 Nov 2011 9:48pm

franz from Baden, Austria

those were the days ... for those "upstairs", i mean! those "downstairs" had a lot less fun, i bet ... ;-))
(i saw a very similar contraption in castles in scotland ...)

17 Nov 2011 10:02pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

I hear the bells ringing :-))
Wonderfull collection
:) Aly

17 Nov 2011 10:13pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Etrange photo ....

17 Nov 2011 10:16pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! How interesting! Sort of like the modern intercom. Beautiful light and great image!

17 Nov 2011 11:11pm

The Dark Dude from Maestoso, United Kingdom

hey dude
man, this is david cameron's place, yeah?

19 Nov 2011 4:52pm

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Hi Nigel-My daughter, Jen (Foto Forte) has been telling me about your photography for some time and I finally came over to see your work. Your images are wonderful. I have so much to learn and your photographs inspire me to learn more about photography, to be able to see more in the moment and to convey that image through the lens.

22 Nov 2011 4:17am

@Laurie: Thanks so much for your very kind comments - Aminus3 is certainly inspirational - there are so many exceptional photographers out there. When I compare my pictures to theirs I realise that I am just at the beginning of a very long learning curve...............

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Nice collection...nice capture..

25 Nov 2011 6:02pm

Canon EOS 500D
1/40 second
ISO 1600
32 mm