Never having heard of Ellen Terry it was interesting to see her costumes and photographs of most of the parts she played in her 50+ years on the stage from 1857 to 1907 and to read what other famous actors of the time had to say about her life. The house is very old and has the original furniture which was there when she died. It was established as a museum to her by her daughter Edith also an actor in her own right who died in 1947. The exhibits included many of her costumes and jewellery as well as her papers giving her the Order of the Garter from Kong George V
The house offers a garden with tranquil seating and I watched the crowd of butterflies bouncing around the buddlia bushes as we rested after the house tour. The Barn Theatre is in the ground and so is some detail regarding ship building which somehow was allied to this place.
The parking for the site was 200 yards down the road by the church of St John the Baptist which we entered and enjoyed the serene atmosphere and admired the excellent stained glass windows therein.
This is a National Trust establishment so if you are a member of any country's National Trust you will be able to enter free of charge.
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