Frogspawn and Floor Polish

Frogspawn and Floor Polish : Upstairs and Downstairs in a National Trust House

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  • Hardback | 266 pages
  • 151 x 240 x 22mm | 426g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Large Print Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0753198843
  • 9780753198841

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Described by the National Trust as 'one of the finest 17th-century houses in Norfolk', Felbrigg Hall has been the subject of two earlier books by author Mary Mackie. She writes with the knowledge of a true insider, as she lived at Felbrigg for seven years while her husband was administrator for the National Trust, and she has maintained close contact since. One of her aims is to help fill in some gaps in the story of Felbrigg past and present, as the last squire, a noted Norfolk historian, chose to end his book about the Hall with the death of his brother, killed in action in 1941. She also wants to encourage the reader to discover or revisit the house itself, which was first opened to the public in 1971. Her book is packed with factual information about Felbrigg's history and some of the alterations, discoveries and repairs that have been made by the National Trust, with her thoughts about authentic restoration, and she gives us a good idea of what the stewardship of such a treasure entails. She also describes the beautiful grounds, the ancient and more recent trees (the last squire planted some 200,000) and the Walled Garden, and tells many stories about the Great British Public and their foibles, contrary staff and the sheer unremitting work involved year-round for employees. However, in spite of the hard work and the domestic difficulties inherent in such a building (where electricity was not installed until 1954: it has obviously not been called 'the coldest house in Norfolk' for no reason), Mary Mackie's love of Felbrigg is obvious and her light, anecdotal account will have many readers planning a trip to Norfolk to share her pleasure. (Kirkus UK)show more

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