Things to see & do
What's in the Hall
Lived in for centuries Washington has many tales to tell. The ground floor of the hall is presents a home in the 17th century when Washington was in the hands of the James family. It was bought by Bishop William James in 1613 and lived in by his grandson William. There were extensive renovations made to the hall during this time and was most likely at its grandest when this work was completed. In the Great hall, kitchen and paneled room you can now see some beautiful examples of carved oak furniture and a precious collection of delft ware spanning three centuries.There is an example of a 17th century bedroom (on the first floor) displaying a copy of part of William James inventory for Washington of 1662. The hall is probably best known for being the ancestral home of George Washington as it was from right here that the Washington family (previously Hartburn family) took their name at the end of the 12th century. The staircase and liberty room contain an incredible collection of 'Washingtonabilia' to discover - items commemorating the life and achievements of first president of the USA including a fan that had once belonged to Martha Washington and a hand written letter by George Washington. Often a surprise to visitors on the first floor you will find No. 5 The Old Hall, a recreation of the home of the Bone family. From the second half or the 1800s right up until 1933 the hall became home to up to nine families. If you visit in the morning you may even be lucky enough to meet Mr Stanley Bone who was born in that very room.
- The feeling of the past in the home of George Washington's ancestors
- Discover what it was like to live in the 1930s in the Tenement Room
- Admire the solid oak furniture of Tudor times
- Check out the collection of 'Washingtonabilia'
- Stroll through the pretty formal gardens scented with herbs and flower
- See the newly planted orchard, which will provide native apples
- Hear the birds in the Nuttery, and see them enjoying the new pond
- Enjoy tea and cake in the new accessible tea-room in the garden
Nature in the nuttery
25 - 27 May
Come along to the nuttery in May half term for nature investigations. Whilst you're here, we can also show you how to build an insect habitat in your own garden at home.