Did you know that the hedge of roses and carnations down the centre of the table in the Dining Room was to encourage conversation with people on either side of you rather than across the table? This was a late 19th century dining convention.
The Red Book is one of the key sources we have relating to Waddesdon during Baron Ferdinand's time. It is an album of photographs along with a short essay by Ferdinand on the process of creating Waddesdon.
Find out more about Channel 5’s Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh which went behind-the-scenes to explore some of our most intriguing historic homes and gardens. Why not catch-up with the series to discover the stories behind your favourite places?