'A haven of peace and quietness for those in need'
From a Tudor show house to 20th century family home, Greys Court has only been inhabited by five families in its long history. The mansion today is a patchwork of styles that hint at the various fortunes and tastes of the occupants.
House manager's highlights
This stool by Waring & Gillows is made from limed English oak with a blue velvet seat, and was commissioned for the coronation in 1953 (hidden on the underside is the stamp "ER II Coronation"). Whilst the peers were seated on chairs, the pages had stools and after the ceremony were given the opportunity to buy them. I like to think they bundled out of Westminster Abbey with them under their robes.
The panelling in the kitchen is a great example of upcycling. It dates from the 16th century but was removed from the house, possibly in the 18th century when dark wood was unfashionable. Still considered good enough to keep it was stored in the lofts and was discovered in 1935 when Mrs Evelyn Fleming purchased the house. She reinstated panelling to the kitchen. Look carefully and the panels don’t match, and a door has been used (on its side) as filler.
Baird was a popular English actress who played the title role in George Du Maurier’s Trilby and Mrs Darling in J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan. She married H.B Irving in 1896 and continued to act until 1913, when she retired from the stage and involved herself in various charitable causes especially those supporting infant welfare. The young Elizabeth Irving (later Lady Brunner) followed in her mother’s footsteps on the stage and supporting social causes.