Category: House

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

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

The Mystery of the Missing Fireplace…

Godinton possesses some spectacular fireplaces, mantelpieces and overmantels, and one of the mysteries that has been haunting me since the start of the year has been that of a ‘missing’ set. One of our volunteer guides, Karina, and her daughter Claire came in to share some of Claire’s research with me, including the fact she’dFind out more

All change!

The last blog about the house was on spring cleaning prior to what should have been the house opening on Friday – how things have changed! We had returned the majority of the showrooms to their full glory when new measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 were announced, and it was decided that theFind out more

In Focus: Japanese lacquered travelling case

My love of all things Oriental still continues, so this month’s ‘In Focus’ piece is on the Japanese lacquered cabinet in the Chinese Room. Anyone who knows the house will know that this cabinet used to sit on a rococco gilded stand; this has been taken away for some serious restoration and stabilisation as itsFind out more