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Discover the stories behind this eclectic home.

It’s fair to say that Melford Hall has had its share of trials and tribulations, but it’s thanks to many generations from medieval monks to the Hyde Parker family who still live here, that this home still stands.

Around every corner there’s a new twist in the story – from Beatrix Potter sketches to collections of naval paintings and Chinese porcelain – everything tells a story and everyone has left their mark.

Devastated by fire in 1942, it was nurtured back to life by the Hyde Parker family and it remains their much loved family home to this day. It is their stories of family life at Melford – from visits by their cousin Beatrix Potter through to our visitors today that make this house more than bricks and mortar.

Stephanie Hyde Parker's scrapbook

Stephanie Hyde Parker’s scrapbook 

Stephanie Hyde Parker’s scrapbook

In November 1913 Stephanie Hyde Parker was given a red leather bound scrapbook by her parents. She used this to record the places she went and the people she met as she entered the world of a debutante.

Follow her steps in polite society as recounted in words and pictures in her scrapbook..

Sir Thomas Savage

Sir Thomas Savage

Read the story of how the perseverance and serendipity of our volunteers found an unknown portrait of Sir Thomas Savage and brought him home to Melford Hall.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trails

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo

Friday 18 to 21 April, 1-4.30pm

Become a Cadbury Eggsplorer to follow the clues on our Cadbury Easter Egg trail and win a Cadbury chocolate Egghead.

Additional activities available

  • Egg painting and rolling on Friday
  • Face painting on Sunday
  • Egg and spoon races every day at 2.30pm

£2.50 per child plus garden entry.

 

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