Basildon Park has many secrets to share, and many little details that are often not noticed by either visitors or those of us who are there regularly.
Today I wanted to share some details of the portico here, the staircases that go up to the first floor and the area outside the door to the house that is called the Loggia.
When I took a walk one lunchtime recently, I took a different route than I normally do and left by the main doors and went down the stairs that visitors now, and in the past use to enter the house. There are two of these staircases sweeping up either side of the ground floor door and up the first floor that is where the entrance to the house is.
This is the ceiling that is above you as you enter, it is often overlooked as you don't look up, you just focus on where you are going upstairs. Because I was coming down the stairs for a change it really caught my eye.
These wonderful lamps are inside. I love the style of them.
One of the hidden details are these signatures and other graffiti. They were left on the columns and pillars by members of the Army stationed here in WW2. Some are British and some are American and Canadian - as you will see!
As I have said before, I don't condone graffiti at all, but these are historic signatures, quite probably left by men going off to war who may never have returned. They are also part of the history of the house, so it is important to preserve them.
These are some of the little details that are again easily missed. Above is the capital of one of the columns. I believe that this is an Ionic style of column.
These are some details from the pair of torcheres that are either side of the main entrance door.
Here you can see the stairs as they go up from the ground floor to the first floor. This is looking out from what is now the tea room area, but which would originally have been the servants areas when the house was first built.
Visitors often ask if the stairs are original to the house, as they are not of the style that they have seen before. The answer is yes, they are totally original to the house and this is exactly how it was designed to be. They also ask where the cellars are for the servants. We don't have any cellars at Basildon, that is why the ground floor of the house was the servants areas!
Just to explain to new readers, I am not compensated in any way for my posts about Basildon Park. I just do these posts because I love the house and spend a lot of time working there. Basildon Park do know that I exist because I volunteer with them.