My friend Jane recently visited a huge Victorian manor house called Berrington Hall in Herefordshire. She walked round the beautiful gardens and had a tour of the house which is full of amazing furniture, rich carpets and sparkling mirrors. Then she came to the Nursery, where the children of the house were looked after by their nanny. And look what she found!
A rocking horse very like the one she has in her front hall!
If you look closely at the picture, you can see lots of details of how Victorian children lived. This rocking horse has special baskets mounted on each side of the rockers so favourite toys could go for a ride too! His padded saddle looks very comfortable, but I think a small child would have needed help to get all the way up there.
On the mantelpiece you can see tiny figures of birds and people, with more animals below on the wall. They seem to be in pairs, so perhaps they were part of a Noah’s Ark set? There is a cotton nightie hanging on the fire guard (where it would get nice and warm before bed.) You can also see a china doll sleeping under a table on the right. She looks very comfortable on her two gingham pillows! (I am guessing she is a girl, because in Victorian times, blue was a girl’s colour!)
There are two picture books on the rocking horse, so these Victorian children probably enjoyed reading bedtime stories with their parents. And on the left behind the rocking horse you can see a high chair, where the baby of the family would have been fed.
The rug on the floor has a lovely forest design with trees, birds and flowers. It reminds me of the illustrations from picture books of that time, so it’s perfect for a children’s room.
If you’d like to see more pictures of Berrington Hall, just click HERE. And thanks again to Jane who sent me this fantastic Nursery picture!