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For four days in September, Cumbrian residents will have the chance to visit some of the most historic buildings in the country – such as Winder Hall, a magnificent 16th Century country house where, as well as admiring the Carolingian antique dining tables and Arts & Crafts panelling, you can enjoy high tea at the hotel.
Winder Hall is one of hundreds of historic venues included in the Heritage Open Days programme, which runs from 6th– 9th September. During that period, numerous historic buildings will open their doors to the public, the majority free of charge. A number of them, such as Winder Hall, also offer refreshments – essential after climbing all those staircases. A Jacobean manor house which was substantially redesigned in the 19th Century, it features stunning interiors and an impressive collection of Carolingian, Jacobean and Arts & Crafts Furniture . However, as one of Cumbria’s foremost country hotels, it also does a good line in afternoon teas.
Another venue offering tea, cakes and guided tours is Swarthmoor Hall, an Elizabethan manor house which played a central role in establishing the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers. After admiring a 17th Century antique chest or two in the beautiful state rooms, refreshments are available in the Great Hall or gardens. Sizebergh, another Elizabethan property on the list, has beautiful grounds with breathtaking views of Morecombe Bay and a tearoom with outside seating.
Lancashire also has a wide range of Heritage Open Day venues, such as the Harris Museum, Preston. For antique bookcases and other fine furniture, visit one of the town’s antique dealers.
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A recent Period Design sale held at Bonham’s of London included several extending antique dining tables – one circular example realising £7500, despite having a modern base. Perhaps the bidders regretted an earlier decision, in which an extending circular dining table by Gillows, valued at £3000 – 5000, failed to find a buyer. (more…)