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The BBC at Avebury Manor

Penelope Keith and Paul Martin, presenters of The Manor Reborn

Penelope Keith and Paul Martin, presenters of The Manor Reborn

Avebury Manor has been home to many families since its creation in the 1500s. Located on the edge of the largest stone circle in the world and on the site of a former priory, this is a house with a fascinating past.

The Manor Reborn, presented by Penelope Keith and Paul Martin, is a 4 part landmark BBC One series which follows a lively team of historians, designers and volunteers as they refurbish the 500 year old Manor.

The finished rooms evoke the personalities of the families that lived there and the atmosphere of the eras in which they lived.

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Hard at work in the Tudor bedroom © NT/Usha Gupta

Hard at work in the Tudor bedroom

Transforming the Manor

A team of historians, experts, and volunteers gave the house a unique makeover on camera. 

Furniture and objects were recreated or restored by modern craftsmen – with the added challenge of having to be able to withstand the rigours of life as a National Trust house open to the public.  Empty rooms were filled with atmosphere once more.

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