I believe that this house represents "living history" unlike others that are frozen in time. Although it has a 900 year history, the Watson family has occupied the house for 450 years. As a result, we were able to view modifications made to the property to reflect the times.
Although I am not a cook, I could sense the beauty and order of the kitchen, as well as the drudgery that accompanied the time. The ancient stove(s), utensils, and crockery were well displayed. The wash room equipment was still in tact in the scullery , iron sink and all.
The china made in Rockingham is displayed in all of its' beauty and elegance. My favorite room was in Tudor style with portraits of Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley, William Cecil, and more. The rooms have been maintained with their fireplaces, with the exception of those renovated during the Victorian era.
So many little treasures found here. A letter from Robert Tresham to the family found hidden away....spoke to the era of the church reformation and anti Catholic sentiment. Interesting genealogies are displayed within each room with a period theme. The Georgian and Victorian rooms are delightful.
The view of the grounds and the land below is stunning as are the gardens. I strongly recommend you consider this along with Rushton Hall, and Fotheringay, neither of which were far away.
A delicious lunch was served in the tea room with delightful desserts available as well.
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