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Double sided sofa in the Drawing Room.

Dundurn Castle – 17 September 2015

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Thursday 17 September saw us leave the Toronto Metro area and heading to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

At the west end of Lake Ontario is the city of Hamilton, where Dundurn Castle is located.

Sitting high above Burlington Bay, the house was built by Sir Allan McNab in the 1830s. The main entrance portico was added in the 1850s. At the time of our visit the portico was being restored.

Exterior of Dundurn Castle

Exterior of Dundurn Castle
17 September 2015

Inside the Main Entrance hallway is a tiled floor with the walls papered.

Main entrance hallway and staircase.

Main entrance hallway and staircase.
17 September 2015

In the drawing room there is a eight-seater double sided sofa.

Double sided sofa in the Drawing Room.

Double sided sofa in the Drawing Room.
17 September 2015

Upstairs are the family rooms. Sir Allan and Lady McNab had suites and a nursery for their daughters. Guest rooms were also provided.

Sir Allan McNab had a suite of rooms including a bedroom and a connected dressing. A desk was provided so that he could deal with business as a appropriate.

Desk in McNab's bedroom

Desk in McNab’s bedroom
17 September 2015

The Nursery was originally for Sophie and Minnie McNab, with their bedrooms connected. As they got older, it was used more for practising lessons and needlework.

The Nursery

The Nursery
17 September 2015

In her latter years, Lady McNab was confined to her room. She seldom left her room and only occaisionaly left her bed for a chair. Over her bed was a table she could use for eating and writing made of polished wood.

Over bed table in Lady McNab's Room

Over bed table in Lady McNab’s Room
17 September 2015

In the centre of the basement there were a number of storage rooms, preseved food was kept in jars in the wet larder.

The Wet Larder

The Wet Larder
17 September 2015

As the family travelled around, space was provided to store the trunks that were used to transport their belongs.

Trunk Room

Trunk Room
17 September 2015

At the west end of the basement is the kitchen. Sir Allan provided an open hearth fireplace for roasting , etc, whilst there is a more modern iron stove for baking.

The Kitchen open hearth fireplace

The Kitchen open hearth fireplace
17 September 2015

Next to the kitchen is the Scullery, where all the washing up was done.

The Scullery fireplace

The Scullery fireplace
17 September 2015

In the Dairy, milk from the estate cows was stored and processed, into butter, cheese, etc.

The Dairy

The Dairy
17 September 2015

In the laundry, all the equipment for cleaning and ironing clothes is located – irons, mangle, drying racks, etc.

The Laundry

The Laundry
17 September 2015

To the northeast of the estate is a white building. In the first instance the casual visitor would believe it to be a summer house, where the ladies would sit in the summer. However, it has a more sinister purpose. It is thought that “The Cockpit” was built to allow the gentlemen to engage in the 18th century “sport” of cock fighting.

The Cockpit

The Cockpit
17 September 2015

At the west end of Dundurn, Sir Allan built a dovecote. At Dundurn, this was used to breed pigeons for eggs and meat to be used in the kitchen, whilst the droppings where used as fertiliser in the garden.

The Dovecote

The Dovecote
17 September 2015

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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