We’re very lucky that Chatsworth House is our nearest stately home, and for just a modest car parking fee (certainly a lot less than trying to park in Sheffield centre!) can stroll around the grounds as much as we want and pretend they’re ours. Naturally accessing the formal garden itself means a charge, and the ticket office has a rubber stamp pass system if you want to exit the site and return. I caught sight of this panel by the counter where people – probably children! – have clearly been testing the stamp design out.
The actual design is of the house facade but doesn’t really work too well at small sizes – or as a rubber stamp.
The abstract image which results (I assume they must clean it off every so often) is approximately 100% better than the tedious pastel coloured paintings of the building which decorate the restaurant just around the corner…
An earlier post about the old greenhouses at Chatsworth is on the site.