Do you have a memory of Markenfield?
Our visitors to the Hall are lovely – not only do they say nice things about us, but they bring us things too. It’s amazing what we’ve been given over the years and more often than not the items are fascinating… and sometimes, just sometimes, they’re quite incredible.
Take for instance the Celebrant, at a Blessing in the Chapel, who went home on the Saturday and dug out an old postcard of the Great Hall showing a long-gone giant rocking horse that used to take pride of place when the Hall was laid out like a picture gallery of family portraits dating back to 1566. It arrived in the post on the Monday and gave us a tantalising glimpse of a time long-gone.
Just recently two of our Volunteers have brought in photographs of their families visiting the Hall in the 1920s. The photographs are wonderful – but made all the more astonishing by the fact that the two totally-unrelated volunteers seem to have brought in photographs of the same family group.
Ian Curteis says “we know that people have visited the Hall for years – Wilfred Owen and Lewis Carroll being among the more familiar names – but it is the public visitors that are now casting light on the history of the Hall. We always knew that people visited the Hall when it was used as the Farmhouse and as storage, as we have visitors recounting hair-raising trips up to the roof and wandering along the battlements, but we had no idea just how many. All the postcards and early photographs show what life was like here back then, and just how much (or rather how little) the Hall has been changed.”
And so we got to thinking – if our volunteers have photographs of the Hall… who else might?
We are planning an exhibition of images – photographs, postcards and even illustrations – of Markenfield as seen by its earliest visitors. Can you help? Do you have any images that you would be willing to share? You wouldn’t need to part with the original – you could scan and email a copy, or post a photocopy. If you think you could help please contact Sarah Robson, the Administrator, on 01765 692303 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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