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The most spectacular room in the house was the Long Gallery © Nick Meers

The most spectacular room in the house was the Long Gallery

Building a new home 400 years ago

The cost of building the hall amounted to £8,000 in 1624, with an extra £960 apiece for each wing.

Money was saved by using the foundations of the earlier medieval house and retaining some of its flooring.

Books

Books in the Long Gallery

Most of the 12,500 books in the Long Gallery arrived in the 18th century. The collection includes three Latin bibles printed before 1500, Ptolemy's Cosmographia and first editions of three Jane Austen novels.

Scandal

The State Bedroom

Henrietta Howard was one of six women of the royal bedchamber, where she caught the eye of the Prince of Wales, later George II. Queen Caroline accepted her as her husband's mistress, deeming her discreet and sensible.

Below stairs

When she was in service in the 1930s, Flo Wadlow cooked for the Astors, Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and even Queen Mary. Her bedroom was on the fourth floor and now forms part of the occasional tours of the attics.

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