Hidden Victorian nursery revealed for families to enjoy at 17th century Audley End House

By Culture24 Reporter | 29 March 2014 | Updated: 28 March 2014

Audley End House, the Jacobean building in Essex which was once home to the Braybrookes, is about to reopen to the public

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The restored house includes a suite of rooms on its second floor, abandoned since it was used by the Army during World War II, and improved lighting of the State Bed, made for Sir John Griffin in 1786 in anticipation of a visit by George III.

“Audley End was always a family home," says Andrew Hann, the Senior Properties Historian at English Heritage. "So we wanted to bring the children back into the picture.

"We’ve restored the nursery, opened it for the very first time and revealed the stories of the sometimes lively children who played there.

"And in these same rooms, today’s children can get their hands on Victorian toys, dress up and have the same fun playing the same games as their Victorian counterparts.

“Plus with the newly restored Coal Gallery just a few doors down from the nursery, visitors will also get a glimpse behind scenes into the business end of the house.

“With the addition of a piano for people to play in the Library, a warm fire to enjoy in the Great Hall and less rope barriers, we’ve also made Audley End House feel a lot more like a home.”

Audley End House reopens on April 1 2014.

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Pics: Darren Harbar Photography / English Heritage
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