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October 11, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Remarkable Apley photos

Apley Hall - Group of servants2014-09-01, Spider's web by Ian Edwards DCIM100MEDIAI’m incredibly grateful to 3 people this week for sending me magnificent Apley photos: Elwyn Jones has just sent me this very rare c1910 photo of a group of 22 Apley Hall [Park] servants, which I’ve never seen before.  The sad thing is that about 10 people who may have been able to name a few of the servants have now all died (since we arrived here in 2006).

Ian Edwards just sent me his latest photos, taken as he goes about his daily work on Apley’s farms. We’ve exhibited some of his in the past in the Apley Holiday Cottages (which we’ve been emptying & today the Creamery Café).

Hugh Dyas, one of the Apley farming tenants, took these aerial photos over Apley Walled Gardens. It’s the only aerial shot I have so it’s very special. I love the fact than aerial shots can tell us the history of the landscape in a way that can’t be seen from the ground. It is great evidence of the extraordinary progress of Phil & his volunteers, tasted by many Apley Farm Shop & Creamery Café customers, where his produce is cooked into delicious recipes by our chef Martin & his team.

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