Category: House

Winter cleaning

Now that we are closed for the season, the house team are starting the winter cleaning and conservation programme. Work has begun in the attics cleaning and re-organising stored items, and this week Angie and Sara gave what we call the “Maids Room” a complete overhaul. This room is part of the tour for schoolFind out more

Lilith

This English marble statuette of “Lilith” by Alfred Drury (1956 to 1944) is a favourite piece in the house but sadly sits in darkness while the house is closed. We hope you are able to enjoy her beauty from this photograph. Mr and Mrs Bruce Ward purchased the statuette directly from Alfred Drury in JuneFind out more

Trust’s clock expert, returns

We were pleased to welcome the Trust’s clock expert, Duncan Greig, back to the house to continue servicing the clocks. During Duncan’s last visit he dismantled the James McCabe Bracket clock in the Dining Room to allow Eveliina Peltola, the Trust’s furniture restorer, to repair the case of the clock, including stabilising loose veneers andFind out more

NO PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED

Important information for visitors from Tuesday 15th September I am glad so many of you have been enjoying the gardens in the late summer sunshine, as well as the homemade cakes from our takeaway tearoom. As you may already have heard, the Government has imposed restrictions on the number of people who can gather in aFind out more

In Focus: Country Houses & Fire

My adventures don’t seem to cease at the moment – last week, Rob and I went up to the hayloft above the Stables to have an explore. The wooden flooring is well over a hundred years old and somewhat rickety, but it houses an array of treasures. Highlights included markings on the wall from 1871,Find out more

In Focus: Belle Portable Range

One of the quirks of one particular office is the fact that it houses a large Victorian cast-iron “Belle Portable” range, which was used right up into the 1990s. Ranges were first used around 1780: they made a welcome improvement from cooking on an open fire. Shortly after their inception, boilers were added to some,Find out more

In Focus: Luger P08

Hidden away in a locked box at Godinton is a rather impressive Luger pistol. Officially known as a ‘Pistole Parabellum’, these semi-automatic pistols were used extensively by the German army in the first half of the 20th century, and they’re strongly associated with Nazi Germany today. If you look closely in WWII films, many ofFind out more

In Focus: Last Days in the Old Home

In the Great Chamber, there’s a small framed reproduction of the picture ‘Last Days in the Old Home’, by Robert Braithwaite Martineau. This is Martineau’s most famous painting, and hangs in the Tate today. So why do we have a copy? Well for those who look closely, you might recognise the panelling in the pictureFind out more