A Georgian Christmas – Sumptuously festive display
December 3 @ 10:30 am - December 20 @ 4:30 pm
A Georgian Christmas
Explore our 18th century Georgian Christmas display. Children can enjoy a ‘Hunt the Slipper’ trail.
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 sumptuously festive rooms.
Imagine 18th century 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 – Hunt the Slipper
Usual adult admission fee applies/ Kids trail free
‘Georgian Life Room’ – kindly sponsored by ‘Allens of Olney’