Surprising histories and spectacular places: Listen to series three

A young woman in the Chinese Chippendale bedroom at Saltram, Devon.

Download and listen to twelve audio episodes exploring the renowned gardens, world-class interiors and breathtaking walks of the National Trust.

Presented by an expert guide, these 20-minute episodes give an inside look at some of the most extraordinary places cared for by the National Trust. Along the way we'll tell the stories of the people behind them, from the humble cabinet maker who became the 'Shakespeare of Furniture' to the devoted rangers who watch over wildlife on Northumbria's weather-beaten shores.

Chippendale’s chinoiserie furniture and Chinese wallpaper in the State Dressing Room at Nostell

Chippendale at Nostell 

Join us as we explore how the inhabitants of Nostell in West Yorkshire used furniture, architecture and interior design to elevate their status and political clout. At the centre of the story is local man Thomas Chippendale, known today as 'The Shakespeare of Furniture'. We'll delve into an archive of letters and an incredible illustrated manual in order to understand this man of talent, ambition and business nous.

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The temple at Sheringham Park

Repton's vision at Sheringham 

In this episode we’re at Sheringham in Norfolk to discover 1,000 acres of glorious parkland, woods and clifftops. Learn about the designer who sculpted the landscape, Humphry Repton, and meet the staff and volunteers who keep his vision alive today. We’ll take you on a stroll through Sheringham’s magnificent rhododendron gardens as we unearth the colourful history of these exotic flowers – from the adventures of the plant hunter who sourced them to their starring role in the Upcher family’s 1950s champagne parties.

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Northumberland Coast

Walking with wildlife in Northumbria 

We’re off to the North East with ranger Kate Martin for a bracing and beautiful walk along Long Nanny beach. Join us as we stroll over sand dunes and past a freshwater stream, exploring the wildlife that calls this spectacular shoreline home. Learn to identify the birds that breed here each year – including ringed plovers and rare little terns – and hear from the dedicated staff who camp out under the stars to protect them.

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Visitors admiring William Morris's wallpaper designs at Red House

William Morris at Red House 

In episode four we’re at Red House in South East London, once home to one of Britain’s most celebrated designers of the 20th Century, William Morris. Famous for his iconic floral wallpaper designs, Morris’s prints and patterns are still in fashion today. But his story doesn’t end there – he was also a poet, translator, novelist and political figure. Join us to explore the house where Morris’s creativity blossomed, and uncover the intriguing twists and turns in the life of this prolific printmaker.

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