In recent weeks I have had much to do with a country house out in the English landscapes in what we call Civil War area. This means that the land and property owners would have taken one side or the other in the rediculous situation back then. Many houses were built with pay offs received for loyalties rendered. Fortunately most of them, in this region anyway, stayed more or less in tact and we have a huge number of privately owned country houses for looking round and marvelling at on bank holidays. Since I have been doing hall steward duties, I have learnt a grat deal about how the house was designed and why it sits in this position and the benefits of having the windows just so. The below stairs area is more interesting still with the servants’ working areas now preserved and open to the public.
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