Berrington Hall and Laundry

Trip Start Jun 03, 2013
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Trip End Aug 10, 2013


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Sunday, July 21, 2013

A relatively easy day. Chris decides to stay home and catch up on some rest (and the washing!).  Jill, Gordon and Tina spend the morning and early afternoon at an interesting National Trust property, Berrington Hall, a few miles down the road.  This stately home was built in the early Georgian period,  and epitomises all that was fashionable then – austere, imposing and completely symmetrical facade; opulent, airy, baroque and gilded interiors – and absolutely no bathroom facilities whatsoever.  There are some very entertaining room guides who fill us in on what were the accepted bathroom habits in fashionable company in those days .... (Do ask us – we're now a wealth of information!!!).  The property has also opened up parts of the servants quarters and provides some excellent commentary on the work and lives of some of the servants.  On the day we are there, the laundry features – won’t go into the gory details, but suffice it to say the liquid portion of what was collected when the fashionable ladies and gents needed the "facilities" was a key component in getting things nice and white and most importantly, lice free....  The property has some lovely grounds, including a popular and productive kitchen garden.   We could have stayed for longer, but Jill and Gordon are keen to go to the choral service held monthly at Ludlow church, so we arrive back there in plenty of time, only to find that unfortunately  the choir are not going to perform after all, so we pick up a few groceries and head back to Chris, who has had a great relaxing day without us, and our nice clean clothes, thankfully laundered using modern ingredients.....
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