Kentwell's Victorian Household at Christmas

Wreath-Web.jpgChristmas was a time of celebration for rich and poor alike. But for some people it involved a little more work than for others!

Captain and Mrs Starkie-Bence lived at Kentwell during this period with their five children. The children and women learn carols. The children prepare a play or suitable Christmas parlour games. While the menfolk mostly occupied themselves with hunting, shooting and estate matters. Younger children may be playing in the nursery upstairs.

Below stairs life was a bit harder, with about twice as many staff than family needed to maintain the household. For them the Christmas festival meant much more effort. See the butler, housekeeper and cooks working hard to organize daily life as well oversee preparations for Christmas. Cooks and bakers prepare suitable fare for the occasion.

  • Candlelit Carol procession
    The Candlelit Carols Procession
  • A Dickensian Christmas at Kentwell Hall
  • 'The Great Edmundo'
  • Table set for Dickensian Christmas
    Table set for Dickensian Christmas
  • The Rose and Crown Tavern
Anglian Business Green 100

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