A Day Out at Kelham Hall

On Sunday, I went to an Art Deco and later British Style fair at Kelham Hall. This was going to be a blog about the great vintage items I saw on sale there, but sadly photography was discouraged and I can’t wax lyrical without showing you the pictures. Instead, as Kelham Hall is such an amazing place, I thought I would share the place with you.

Kelham Hall

Kelham Hall

Kelham Hall as it stands today was built by a Victorian brewing magnate. The architect was Gilbert Scott, who was also responsible for the Albert Memorial and St Pancreas.

Kelham Hall, side view

Kelham Hall, side view

Apparently, the plans for the original building were even grander, but the money ran out before the towers could be built!

Inside, everything is either carved:

Carved Pillar

Carved Pillar

Painted:

Ceiling

Ceiling

Carved and painted:

Arches

Arches

Made of stained glass:

Dining Room Window

Dining Room Window

Or decorative brickwork!

Arched Walkway

Arched Walkway

In the early 1900s, the Hall was bought by a monastic order who added an extension in the prevailing Arts and Crafts style to serve as a seminary.

Arts & Crafts Extension

Arts & Crafts Extension

Love these benches – originally from the Great Western Railway.

GWR Benches

GWR Benches

Given that this area is served by the East Midlands Railway, I wonder how these got here?

At the moment, Kelham Hall is used as the local Council’s headquarters, but is used to host weddings and events such as the Deco Fair.

Check out their website if you’d like to find out more.

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