Quirky things to see at Lytes Cary

Sunny September morning at Lytes Cary Manor in Somerset

Sir Walter Jenner left Lytes Cary Manor to the National Trust in 1948. When you visit Lytes Cary you will see the main rooms in the old part of the house as the Jenners’ restored and furnished them. There are a number of items which attract lots of attention and questions from our visitors.

Stumpwork mirror

The stumpwork mirror is made up of five components of varying age. The top and side panels were completed by Sir Walter’s sister- in-law when she stayed here in the 1920’s. She also added the mirror. The lower piece of embroidery was probably of a much older work, possibly dating back to the 1660’s. Lytes Cary is in the top left hand corner and the two figures at the bottom are King Charles I and his wife, Henrietta Maria. The whole thing was framed and glazed as you see it today only in 1962. 

The ‘Good Companions’

The purpose of the two unusual leather manikins is unknown but it is thought that they may have been brought to the table when there were 13 people sitting down for dinner.  They stand in the Great Parlour in front of the fire place and create much interest and discussion amongst the visitors. 

The tester bed

 The tester bed is made of oak and is 17 century with a quilted 18 century English patchwork bedspread. The roof of the bed is called tester, from the French word ‘tet’, meaning ‘to the head’. 


The campaign bed

19 century collapsible bed designed for soldiers to take on campaign.