History Club visits Burghley House
Recently twelve girls from the Year 8 History Club accompanied by Mrs Rackham and Miss Davies, toured Burghley House and learnt tales of the house’s previous inhabitants.
Beginning in the kitchen with turtle skulls and heavy brass pots, the group walked from bell rooms to bedrooms where decorated ceilings gave way to the celestial scenes of Antonio Verrio and magnificently enviable four poster beds occupied spaces between faded tapestries and marquetry cabinets.
In the old butcher’s room they were allowed an exclusive look at the house’s collection of seals, some dating back as far as William II and another larger one -contained in a cloth bag since it had been cracked and efficiently labelled by William Cecil- authorising the barony of Burghley.
The trip ended with the obligatory visit to the gift shop and tea overlooking Capability Brown’s landscapes.
Martha Radbourne, History Prefect, was thrilled with the experience; “As never before, the Tudors came alive to us as people with idiosyncratic collections and preferences, rather than being eclipsed by their famous monarchs. We all stepped into the courtyard buzzing with the house’s incredible beauty and the stories hidden within the impressive façade.”