Inspiration comes in all sorts of places – one of the strangest things is when it comes back to meet you when you visit somewhere again…
Lanhydrock has been a National Trust house since the 1970s – it’s interesting because the exterior of the building is thoroughly Elizabethan, but a 19th c. fire gutted one half of the building. The result is a Victorian version of Grand Designs, with the cutting edge of gadgets and ‘in’ designs of 1883 rubbing shoulders with the ancient plasterwork in the long gallery.
It’s my second visit to one of the places that fuelled my imagination as I began to create the alternate Victorian England of Coalface, and has inspired some of the places Cole encounters in his quest to avenge his father’s death. The whole house exudes a unique character, so much so that it influenced one of my favourite lines in the story. I’m working through re-edits of Coalface at the moment; fingers crossed the sentence makes the next edit – you never know until you finish.
I took these snaps at Lanhydrock while my tent was being tested to destruction on the Cornish coastline – I lost the tent, but got the pictures –enjoy.