Thursday, 2 July 2009

Ice house and Witches bottles

We took Roger to Petworth House, his first visit to the influential Percy HQ for the southern estates. We arrived in time for an Estate Office tour, which was the story of why Petworth House exists. The National Trust is doing a wonderful job of restoring everything. We visited the kitchens, a larger version of the one in Upstairs Downstairs. The ice house story is fascinating. In the evening Roger joined me at the Historical Search Club meeting where we had a talk about Witches bottles and saw some veterinary artefacts. The cow horn protectors were fascinating, no one knows how the conical shaped thread was made in the 16thC, answers on a postcard please!

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