Colouring Charlecote’s Carriages

Grown Up’s colouring books seem to have been all the rage of late. From gardens to Sherlock Holmes, Dr Who, Vogue and Game of Thrones(!) there’s a colouring book for everyone it seems.

There’s now there’s even one for National Trust fans!

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Haunted Warwickshire: Charlecote’s Great Hall

We’ve shared ghostly tales with you on this blog before but still we are asked frequently whether or not there have been any strange, supernatural incidents at Charlecote. To be perfectly honest, we’ve not experience anything although we have discovered some stories that have given us chills…

 

Now this story is about a room we don’t have on our visitor route – the Green Room. This is in the family’s private quarters. It was in an interview conducted with Lady Fairfax-Lucy in a 1984 book, ‘This Haunted Isle’ by Peter that we first hear the story.

Lady Fairfax-Lucy tells of paranormal activity that had been experienced in this Green Room, a former bedroom in the West Wing. This room used to have a door opening on to the Minstrels’ Gallery above the Great Hall.

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‘What Minstrells’ Gallery?‘ I hear you cry. Well, you would be right it isn’t there. It was taken down during a period of refurbishments by the family in the 1870s.

The small room which would have led to this gallery would have been used by the musicians before and after playing to guests. Lady Fairfax-Lucy recounted to Mr Underwood how several members of her family, including herself, had heard the ‘unidentifiable hubbub’ of raised voices coming from the space. It sounded like an argument taking place, ‘accompanied by violent actions’.

 

As stated above, we’ve not experienced anything at all other than the house feeling very loved and very much a happy family home, but sometimes we make sure we’re very quick locking up the house, especially on these dark, foggy evenings…

 

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Blind date… in the bookshop?!

We’ve been having a great time perusing the bookshelves in our 2nd Hand Book shop. In the run up to valentine’s day, we’re asking you to have a blind date with a book!

You might think we’ve gone a little crazy… but when we saw a recent tweet from a bookshop in America doing the same thing, we thought ‘why not?!’.

So what does it entail?

Well, its simple really.

We’ve selected some books from our stocks of donations and wrapped them in brown paper. You won’t be able to judge a book by its cover, nor can you read a synopsis of the story. We will give you a hint of the genre and even tell you who chose the book, but the rest will remain a surprise!

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Come and have a blind date in our bookshop this February!

Money raised through the 2nd hand bookshop goes directly to our conservation projects and enables us to keep Charlecote going! Your support through sales or even donations of books really are appreciated.

Historical Honey Competition: Win a Charlecote goodies bag

One of our favourite history-filled websites is Historical Honey. Have you discovered it yet?

The site recently relaunched and now had lots more features including a competitions page. We were more than happy to provide a prize to our HH friends, especially as they feature a book review of our very own Mistress of Charlecote!

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So if you haven’t read Mistress of Charlecote yet, or you haven’t got a very cute toy deer at home, why not head over and enter their competition? The competition is open until 16th December. Who ever wins will have their own little Christmas present winging its way to them in the post not long after!

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But don’t fret if you’re not the lucky winner. All of the items included in the goodie bag are found in our Servants’ Hall shop which is open all year round.