As the lady from the ticket office told us is the feeding time for the deers, we’ve started with the walled garden, the woodland walk and the deer park walk.
Here there are 3 very important pictures. The 1st Lord Berwick is the one that started the building of the house and the 2nd Lord Berwick, the one who employed John Nash to expend the house. Thomas became Lord when he was only 18 and he went into bankruptcy due to his disregard about the expenses.
The new part of the house is very impressive. Thomas Berwick built a Picture Gallery, that is under renovation, as there were issues with the roof. The new roof was funded by the estate from the entry fees, the sale of the vegetables from the greenhouse and the income from the coffee shop.
The kitchen looks great. There are a lot of moulds for desserts on those shelves. I’ve asked about them, they are from that period, even if they are not from Attingham, as the original moulds were sold when the estate went into bankruptcy.
The irony is that the family motto was: “Let wealth be his who knows its use”.
Anyway, the 8th and last Lord Berwick succeeded in saving the estate. He and his wife were keen in preserving their legacy after their death, as they had no children, so they donated the estate to National Trust.
It’s such a beautiful story. I’ve admired their involvement, working long hours, side by side with maids to restore and preserve 100 years old curtains and tapestry. I also love the fact that there is NT and they are doing everything in their power to keep the estate as it should.