We have polished the marble pavement of the north corridor today – it looks wonderful at this stage, without the furniture. We decided not to replace the carpet as small pieces of grit can get trapped between the floor and the underfelt and the constant abrasion would do more damage than the tramp of feet. It’s worth pausing to try and count just how many different colours and shades there are in it altogether – it truly is a work of art in its own right. The 6th Duke had it laid in 1841 to distract the eye from the irregular alignment of the windows and doorways, and it certainly achieves that! He wrote in his handbook ‘…so brightly was it polished it was difficult to make anybody walk on it.’ I’m sure our visitors will enjoy the opportunity to do so this year.