Quite rightly, if you see pictures of rooms and houses they are there to give you the view of a whole room or a building, whereas I wanted to look at the nitty-gritty. This nitty-gritty is hard to find for the casual 'historian' because most Georgian houses you see have been overlayed by an additional three hundred years of people living in them and/or the subjective foibles of any historical restorer. Indeed I would claim, quite often, even they get it just plain 'wrong'. Yes, that surprises me too.
So, with all that in mind, we were off to see the main reason of our trip - The Georgian House in Edinburgh. Please do click on the link and take a look.
Anyone doing a Georgian/Regency property and who can get to Edinburgh should do so. A day spent in the wonderful 'New Town' which has been beautifully preserved (not artificially) is just a joy. You are really immersed in the time.
It is best to begin on the top floor of the house and watch the video about life in the house during that period and then work your way down to the basement. If you are interested it will probably take you about an hour and a half to complete the tour.
There is information in every room which is interestingly written and informative and each room's docent couldn't be more welcoming, enthusiastic and knowledgeable - its a really lovely place to visit.
The following photographs belong to the National Trust of Scotland who have kindly given me permission to use them here. Please do not use them without permission.
|serene ceiling rose in the hall|
|willow and lots of glass and always a tablecoth|
|such a pretty fireplace|
|simple colour scheme|
|lovely square piano|
|this is a plaster trim and in the same room|
|there is a trompe l'oeil one painted above the doors|
|view of the room|
|lights in service areas|
|nice 'desk' arrangement|
|the 'right' sort of barrels|
|functional dresser and batterie de cuisine|
|the wine cellar|
|the bells (no tabs!!)|
|a vented storage room door|
This was a technique used in pantries up to my childhood - there would be holes at floor level preferably to the outside and holes at the top (both usually through walls. (meshed to keep insects out). Hot air rises, so cool air was continually drawn in through the vent at the bottom and left the pantry at the top as it warmed up. A pantry was always several degrees cooler than the kitchen.
|an original lock and door knob|
This is just a tiny fraction of the details you can discover for yourself if you look carefully. A tour of a house of the period can answer literally hundreds of questions you might have when you come to decorate, furnish or build your project so much better than any book or the hours spent trawling the web.
In the case of this tour, for us, it was free as we are members of the English National Trust and the National Trust for Scotland has a recipricol arrangement with them.