Taking inspiration from 600 years of history
Christmas at Brockhampton is always something special. Inspired by the wonderful timber framed buildings and the productivity of the estate we take inspiration from the earliest days of the estate, in medieval times, when Christmas would have been celebrated through feasting.
See the manor house decorated in a simple way with green boughs of ivy and mistletoe from the orchards to help cheer you through the darkest part of the year. In ancient times the manor house would have been the centre for all produce on the estate, a place where the harvest was brought, presereved and stored. The manor house was also the place from where festive cheer was shared across the 1,700 acre property with everyone who lived here.
Over the centuries celebrations may have become more elaborate and perhaps more public than they were in the early years of the estate but at the centre of festivities was always the home with its fire places burning bright and bringiing warmth to the coldest time of year.
Christmas was a time to give thanks for all the produce grown on the land over the course of the year and a time to share hearty food and drink with family and friends.
In the kitchen the first ferment of cider would have been ready just in time for Christmas and animals reared here would have been the centre of the Christmas feast.
Step through the different time periods in the manor house and explore how Christmas celebrations would have changed. Feasts in Bartholomew Lutley's time would have surely been fancy and fashionable affairs making use of all the latest Christmas innovations to ensure he and his young bride celebrated in style.
As the timber framed manor house became home to the farming families of the estate from the 18 Century onwards Christmas here may have once again become a more simple celebration of food and family.
With the 20 century the farming families that lived here would have enjoyed Christmas centred around the farmhouse kitchen and the wonderful dishes created by Mrs Dennet .
After the austerity of the Second World War the 1950s saw a return to Christmas decorations and sugar fuelled celebrations of the season. See the lounge decorated with home made decorations and a humble Christmas tree harvested from the estate woodlands, as it would have been in the Freegard family's time here.
Outdoors the woodlands are transformed at this time of year. The trees storing their energy ready for spring and wildlife is often more visible than at any other time of year as the search for food unites all the creatures that live here.