Flowers and Fire at Haddon Hall

Floral representations are displayed throughout the rooms at Haddon on walls, glass, fabrics and art.

They are part of the architectural fabric of the hall, from early medieval floral frescos on the walls of the ancient Chapel to the millefleurs stitched into the internationally-important tapestry displayed in the banqueting hall.

This year Lady Edward Manners has chosen to explore the symbolism of flowers throughout Haddon as part of a new exhibition called Flowers and Fire.

She said: “What became clear as I studied each and every beautiful flower depicted throughout the rooms of the house is that these stunning designs enabled me to read the house and its past in different ways.

“I felt like Haddon was telling me stories I’d not yet discovered about this incredible place.”

The importance of fire at the hall takes visitors on another journey as part of the same exhibition.

From the centuries-old candle scorch marks on the walls of the great kitchens to the principal positioning of fireplaces giving life to every room throughout the hall, the burning flame has been fundamental to over 900 years of occupancy at Haddon.

Significantly, the often treacherous role of fire in history is also presented to Haddon’s visitors by the displays of fragments of medieval tapestries – burnt, but still beautiful – during the hall’s restoration in the early 20th century.

Flowers and Fire can be seen until October. Visit http://www.haddonhall.co.uk for more information.