My friend, visiting from New Zealand, was particularly interested in the 4th Earl of Onslow, who was a Governor General of New Zealand in the late 19th century. There are many artefacts related to his time in the colony in the museum in the house and , in the grounds is the only Maori Meeting House in England. My friend identified that there were a few things not quite right about the Meeting House, especially the thatched roof but we learned that currently the National Trust is working on restoration alongside a Maori group.
Aside from the New Zealand links there was a great deal of interesting history in this house, especially in the Speakers Parlour where we learnt a lot about one of the Onslow family who was Speaker of the House of Commons for 30 years! Guides in each room were helpful and knowledgeable.
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