By Rory and Anfisa Year 10

Year 10 English students enjoyed a wintery trip to Lanhydrock House and Gardens last week as part of their creative writing project. This beautiful home in Cornwall used to belong to Lord and Lady Robartes in the 1800s, but terribly burnt down in 1881 and had been refurbished in a high Victorian style.

You get to see both sides of wealth and fortune and the servant’s quarters, which is known as ‘below stairs’. We also got to see the insides of how the house would’ve been presented in 1893 at Christmas where the family would gather for the Christmas masked ball.

The servants would have spent days working below stairs in the multiple servants’ kitchens where they would’ve prepared the food for the ball and would have also spent days – polishing and dusting the whole house. We also got to see the gothic features of the house that were salvaged from before the fire. These consisted of the main structure of the house and the amazing ceiling in the main hall. This trip gave us a great insight to how people would have lived back then. This was an amazing experience and was a really good inspiration for writing as we have just started creative writing. It was a real insight being in the countryside rather than the city and also seeing the wonderful views which will be inspiring to all of Year 10.

Lanhydrock House: Year 10 English trip

Photo by Eva