Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges at this award-winning historic house.


There are two jigsaws from the 1880s: 'How jolly it is to be at the seaside' and 'Skipping-time comes after lesson-time'. Jigsaws have always been used as educational toys, helping children learn not only how to put them together, but also through the pictures they show.

In the classroom:  

Look at the 'Seaside' jigsaw: Look at the different types of clothes being worn by the women , boys, girls and entertainers. Do you think the lady in the front is hot or cool? Can you spot - a boy catching a crab? A girl getting ready to make sandcastles? Two children burying themselves in the sand? People paddling? What are the wooden huts for by the sea?
Look at the 'Skipping' jigsaw: The children are skipping after lessons - what do you do at break-times? Look at the clothes they are wearing - do they look different from what you wear to school?

seaside jigsaw

skipping jigsaw


Strange But True

  • list arrowTo stink or not to stink

    It takes 25 trips up and down our 41 stairs to bring the water from the basement water pump to fill the Judge's Bath (we know, we've tried it). Let's hope the judges liked to be stinky - poor maid!


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