Saturday, July 13, 2019

Long Melford Hall

We drove on, bypassing Short and Medium Melford, arriving before lunch at Long Melford, to see the Hall there and also the 5-star Long Melford parish church. The Hall was an Elizabethan treat, and a greater treat for us was its association with Beatrix Potter, whom we know as a writer and illustrator of classic children's books, but also as one of the earliest and most important supporters of the National Trust. She was a shrewd businesswoman, had some means, and a vision, and married the very sharp lawyer who assisted her.
Long Melford Hall

Drawing room

Charter, granted by Queen Mary, Henry VIII's daughter


Auction of Long Melford at Christie's (yes, that Christie's),
1785; not all the great houses stay in the same family for
centuries



Beatrix Potter was a family friend/relative who visited often and drew inspiration
from Long Melford

When Long Melford became a military site in WWII, the family stayed with
Potter in her home in the Lake District; great lady

Famous picture of herself sleeping in the four poster bed; note position of the
tail, thought thus to amuse the children

The four poster bed

More Potteriana


A gate house, which in much later years was used as a party house


More Potter



The usual National Trust garden shop (not pictured: all the other usual National Trust
stuff, shoppes, services, etc.)

Another pleasant visit, and, as I said, not without the usual pleasant surprise or
connection

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