Tuesday, October 22, 2019

T Stands For Hammond Castle - Part 1

After leaving the Gloucester Fishermen's Memorial, Teague followed the coast road to


Hammond Castle was the residence and workshop of inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr. His home was built in the style of a medieval castle and was a wedding present for his bride.The house took 3 years to build from 1926 to 1929.  Besides being a brilliant inventor, Hammond also collected art and artifacts from ancient Rome through the Renaissance. The castle provided the perfect backdrop for his collection. 



Front entrance







A Green Man












The Great Hall


The pride of his collection, an 8,400 pipe organ. Hammond could not play the organ, but famous organists were invited to his home to play the instrument.



Hammond wasn't especially religious, but he did collect a lot of religious art. Hard to see in this display are objects used in Catholic Mass. I think if you looked hard enough you might see a chalice, my drink reference for this post.


Behind this eagle is the Bishop's Chair Alcove. I wasn't tall enough to see over it to get a picture of the chair. I think I read in the booklet that was given to us for the self-guided tour, it said, Hammond liked to dress as a monk and hang out in the chair. Besides being brilliant, he was quite eccentric.



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48 comments:

  1. What a fantastic house (castle) to build for his bride. The architecture and decor is beautiful. Happy T-Day!

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  2. I have never heard of Hammond Castle. What a cool and interesting place. I think it's time for a trip down to Cape Anne to check out some of these sights. Thanks for sharing this with us CJ. The chalice is perfect for T day, and you certainly visited some fascinating places. Hugs-Erika

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    1. Hammond Castle is closed for the season. Well, they do some sort of haunted thing for Halloween. The Castle reopens in the Spring. Check dates and times before you make the trip down.

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  3. Wow this was amazing. must have been a neat experience to visit. Happy T wishes Kathy

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  4. Wow, a medieval castle from 1926 - crazy, but great fun. Lucky bride getting a home like that.You must have had a great time viewing it all. Happy T day, Valerie

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  5. Love castles and this is no exception! That organ is amazing. The chalice in the photo is a nice entry for T Day! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I wish we could have heard the organ. The acoustics in the Great Hall must be amazing.

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  6. Oooh, I love castles! Very interesting and informative post!! Loved the pics, too!!

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  7. Thank you for the tour, CJ! What a treat! I cannot imagine what it would be like living there, but Mr. Hammond's bride must have been very impressed:)

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    1. It was very chic living. They entertained a lot of celebrities of their day

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  8. I guess this was before income taxes! ;)

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    1. They would have been part of the 1%. Y’know, the ones that don’t pay income taxes πŸ˜‰

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  9. Wow, what a fabulous museum! I so enjoyed visiting the Hammond Castle with you, it's an interesting and beautiful place πŸ˜€. Sending you Happy T Day wishes! Hugs, Jo x

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  10. Love all your castle photos. Some others have shared castle photos, we don't have many castles here, but we did visit one in Scotland. I will have to get those out and share!
    Happy T Day!

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  11. Wow! I can't imagine living in such a fabulous place. What a trippy experience his life must've been :) Happy T Tuesday

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  12. This looks a really interesting destination, I hope he added suitable heating for his new bride when he built it as the ones I am used to seeing here are very, very, cold in winter if you are not close by a fire.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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    1. He did though it must have cost a fortune to heat

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  13. I was hoping you'd tell us what John Hays Hammond, Jr. invented, CJ. But no, you made us go look it up. πŸ˜‰

    What an interesting place. I would love to hear that organ!

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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    1. You’ll find out about him either next week, the week after, or the week after that 😺

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  14. Amazing castle and fancy having it built for you by your other half.
    Happy T Day, jan x

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  15. I love visiting castles. Wouldn't want to live in one, though.

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    1. Yeah, it was cool to visit, but I’m not sure I’d like living there. A lot of the rooms were very dark.

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  16. Wow, what a visit. That castle was unusual and very different for here in the states. I would LOVE to hear that organ. Can you imagine the sound when all the pipes were in use?

    I saw the Eucharist, but had trouble finding the challis. It was a clever take on your drink choice this week, though. Thanks for taking us to Hammond Castle and helping us find that challis for T this Tuesday. Sorry I was so late visiting. I'm having trouble catching up.

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    1. I was pretty sure I saw a chalice in the case. If not, my bad, and I’ll make up for it next week, or the week after that. 😊

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  17. These are all so awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Ohhh This is a Wonderful castle CJ !! Really fantastic, I love the lions and the fabulous eagle!! amazing place to live, the organ is simply Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing all those beautiful photographs with us.
    Wish you had a lovely T-day. Have a very nice day, and biig hugs,
    Caty

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    1. It’s too bad we couldn’t hear that pipe organ. It must have been spectacular

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  19. What a fabulous castle house for his bride. An amazing story.Yes, I reckon he must have been a bit eccentric.
    That organ is amazing! Interesting that with a name like 'Hammond', which I associate with organs, he couldn't play himself.
    Happy belated T-Day,
    Hugs,
    Lisca

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    1. That’s funny about his last name. I never made the connection.😺

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  20. There's just something about castles isn't there!
    Lovely post, I enjoyed it :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. I suppose they are romantic in a fairytale sort of way. They are probably cold and damp in reality. 😺

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  21. What a fabulous and fun place to visit - I wonder who got more pleasure from the castle, Hammond or his bride? Belated Happy T Day! Chrisx

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  22. Amazing CJ, WOW!!!!! Would love to see it!

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