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Preston Manor

While Kristine Hughes Patrone and I were in Brighton this past May, we visited Preston Manor, a near-by historic house dating back to the 13th century, but rebuilt in the 1700s and the early 1900s. The house was restored to this latest incarnation, the Edwardian period.

It was interesting for many reasons. For one, from the outside it reminded us of a shabby New Jersey Banquet Hall.

Unlike the Great Houses we had seen on the trip–Chatsworth, Kedelston Hall, the Pavillion, Apsley House–Preston Manor was a more ordinary house, the sort of house gentry might live in. One could easily imagine a family living in this house.
Lady’s bedroom
Maid’s room
Instead of fine art, Preston Manor had items of lesser value and lots of collections.
Of figurines
Chinese Buddhist lions
Even paintings of pet dogs
While we were visited, there was a special exhibition on witchcraft and on Doreen Valiente, the mother of modern witchcraft who had lived nearby.
Preston Manor was also said to be the most haunted house in Brighton, featuring a white lady, disembodied heads and hands, and lights turning on and off. Luckily we did not experience any ghostly phenomenon, just some school children learning about life in the early 1900s by making food in the kitchen.
It was another lovely England experience!

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