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Blaise Castle House Museum

Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Road, Henbury holds a wonderful collection of exhibits from social history. The House was built in 1796-98 for a very wealthy merchant and banker, John Harford.

The Blaise Castle House, with its magnificent carriage driveway, is set in the Blaise Estate grounds which were originally laid out by the famous landscape gardener, Humphrey Repton. The dairy and conservatory were designed by the equally famous Regency architect John Nash. Blaise was described by Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey as the finest place in England.

The domestic equipment gallery contains exhibits of Victorian toilets and baths, kitchen equipment including cookers and utensils, laundry equipment including washtubs and mangles and other varied items of daily life. There is a beautiful collection of period costumes and a delightful Victorian toy room with a model train collection, dolls and toy soldiers. The Victorian Picture Room has been recently restored.

There are many pathways and walks in the extensive grounds and a folly can be found up on the hill. Nearby is Blaise Hamlet, a picturesque group of thatched cottages also built by John Harford. These charming dwellings were built for his servants and tenants and are still lived in today.

The beautiful parkland contains an exciting adventure playground for children and there is a tea room. The Victorian Picture Room is licensed for civil marriage ceremonies and is available for hire.

 

 

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