To the manor born
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: QUEEN AND COUNTRY & NATIONAL TRUST
The National Trust Wiltshire Landscape team has supported Queen and Country magazine's Christmas campaign this year by offering the use of Avebury Manor and Garden for the day. See what happened when we invited Paul and Craig along to experience a wholly traditional festive treat.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - especially for our country-loving couple Paul and Craig who stopped by Avebury Manor for some festive fun, courtesy of the National Trust.
The boys starred in Q&C's official Christmas video (featured below) enjoying a tour around the Manor and in the grounds, including a visit to the world famous Avebury stone circle.
Video // Mark Fell Photography
Avebury Manor and Garden is a National Trust property consisting of a Grade I-listed early-16th Century manor house and its surrounding gardens. It is located in Avebury, near Marlborough in Wiltshire, in the centre of the village next to St James' Church and close to the Avebury Neolithic henge monument. The huge henge banks are approximately 1.5km in circumference and the ditch was once up to 9m deep. The spectacular preservation of the Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments are what makes Avebury globally significant.
The manor was refurbished in 2012 by the BBC as the focus of a television series called ‘The Manor Reborn’ where each room was decorated as a different period to reflect the lives of the people who had lived there in the past and this theme is followed through for Christmas.
Although this refurbishment involved many original artefacts most had to be brought into the property, therefore it means that people are free to handle things and experience them in a way that is not normally possible.
As part of the Christmas offer at Avebury Manor, most of the rooms in the manor will show how they would have been decorated for Christmas in their period. Those occupying the Tudor parlour and bedrooms would not have celebrated Christmas as we do today, but would have marked the time with feasting and decorating with extra candles and natural evergreens such as holly, ivy, yew and mistletoe.
In Georgian times there would have been sumptuous feasts, the Edwardian kitchen would have been awash with extra pies and game. And in one of the more popular rooms - the 1930’s drawing room - the Christmas tree is richly decorated, along with paper chains and Chinese lanterns, accompanied by the sound of 1930’s music.
Paul (left) and Craig, at Avebury Manor - The tour.
World-famous stone circle, museum and manor house in the heart of a prehistoric landscape
Why not leave the bleak mid-winter outside and find Christmas warmth and cheer at Avebury? You can join in with one of the many Christmas events in the village, see Avebury Manor decorated for the festive season, be tempted by a delicious cream tea in the tea-room, and delve into the National Trust shop and begin your Christmas shopping.
For more information visit the National Trust website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury