Ashford’s Hidden Treasures

This month, Godinton has been included in Ashford’s Hidden Treasures, a series of short videos to celebrate some of the amazing objects found in museums and archives in the borough of Ashford, produced by Founder Films CIC and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. In the video Ursula Peters, one of our experience guides, talks about “The Last Day in the Old Home”, an oil-on-canvas painting by English painter Robert Braithwaite Martineau, depicting a feckless squire gambling away his family’s inheritance. Martineau was a friend of Colonel John Leslie Toke, the last in a long line of Toke owners of Godinton, who agreed to pose for the painting at Godinton in 1862. Although it was painted here, you will note from Ursula’s narrative that artistic licence was certainly used! The original painting is at the Tate, but sadly not currently on display having recently returned from Australia. There is a print of the painting in the Great Chamber, near to the fireplace shown in the painting – look out for it when you visit.  I am sure you will enjoy this and the many other interesting videos on the website.