Looking Back to Go Forwards

Project
The Boiler House and Engine Room at Lyme's Timber Yard area

We are currently looking at your experience when you visit Lyme and how can we make it better. You can find out more about our work here:


Whilst this design and planning is taking place, we are also looking at how we can bring the Timber Yard to life to tell the story of the place and the people who lived and worked there.
Did you know that the café was once a joinery workshop or the shop was a blacksmiths?

Electricity was once generated here with two large engines looked after by an onsite electrician, Mr Mace, who lived at the Timber Yard with his wife and family. Three laundry-maids at any one time, lived and worked at the Timber Yard spending their time cleaning the clothes of the family and the uniforms of the workers both when they were at home or elsewhere in the country.


Over the 70 years since Lyme was given to the National Trust, we have collected stories from the people who worked at Lyme and their relatives. Now in 2019, we would like to add to this rich archive if we can. We want to continue to learn about their stories and find new ways to tell them. Did anyone in your family work in service at Lyme? If you have any stories, photos, census records, diaries etc you would like to share please contact us at Lyme@nationaltrust.org.uk.

William Perrin, Head Keeper, Bert Maling, Head Gardener, Harry Feltham, Park Keeper, c.1945.
William Perrin, Head Keeper; Bert Maling, Head Gardener; Harry Feltham, Park Keeper. At Lyme c.1945.
William Perrin, Head Keeper, Bert Maling, Head Gardener, Harry Feltham, Park Keeper, c.1945.