A Georgian Christmas Display – Christmas Cheer at Cowper’s House
December 5 @ 10:30 am - December 18 @ 4:30 pm
A Georgian Christmas Display
Explore our 18th century Georgian Christmas display
Georgians went quite ‘over the top’ with their Christmas festivities and decorations. Cromwell had banned Christmas. From 1714 there was a desire to ‘bounce back’ from Cromwellian austerity.
So, come into our warm and welcoming Shop to find our 12th Night Cake. This is the beginning of your journey through our homely, 18th century festive rooms.
Imagine Christmas in William Cowper and Mary Unwin’s home….
Step back in time. Smell greenery in the decorations and spices in the cooking. Imagine the lure of a Yule Log blazing in the fire, highly decorated with evergreen sprigs in the windowpanes. Queen Charlotte in 1800 decorated her tree with gifts, dolls and candles. Adorning the stairs – bunches of holly on green sashes with garlands of holly and bay. Grapes, walnuts, glace fruits and pomegranates imported from southern Spain and North Africa and sugar cones from the West Indies, for rich families. Our Cowper was not rich, but much-loved family and friends saw he never went without.
- Fun TRAIL for all – Hunt the Slipper
Usual adult admission fee applies/ Children’s trail free
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR A ROOM THIS CHRISTMAS PLEASE DISCUSS WITH THE HOUSE MANAGER