Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges at this award-winning historic house.

Servants Hall

Used as a common room by the servants, this dingy but cosy room is lit by open flame gaslights. Installed originally in 1860, the gas was only put into the ‘below stairs’ areas, to test its usefulness and safety on the servants! Homely delights such as a sock-making machine, magic lantern (Victorian slide projector) and knife cleaners can be discovered.

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  • list arrowWould you wee in your dining room?

    Victorian gentlemen did! Some dining rooms (like ours) had a special cupboard to house a chamber pot so all the gentlemen could go for a wee without leaving the table (once the ladies had left the room, of course!).

     

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