Tales of Christmas Past
Over 500 years and fourteen generations the Parker Family have celebrated Christmas at Browsholme. In 1507 the first family celebration in the new home was during the reign of Henry VII, a mere 20 years after the War of the Roses and before the religious upheaval to come with the creation of the Church of England. Our guides will begin the Christmas tale in Tudor times and then in each room illustrate how ancient folk practices were incorporated into Christian Christmas celebration, though the austere Cromwellian period to the now familiar exuberance of Georgian and Victorian times.
Did you know that the earliest carol recorded dates to 1521 when also wassail carols were popular, that spinning wheels were decorated and the custom of the yule log during the Tudor Period. We recall that Oliver Cromwell banned the exuberance and merriment of Christmas but what happened afterwards. By Georgian times it was an exuberent celebration holly appeared as decoration, plum puddings, a 12th night christmas cake and kissing boughs….all very Jane Austen! By the reign of Queen Victoria the Christmas tree was centre stage, crackers and Santa Claus, Christmas cards with the arrival of the penny post. mistle.
Today it is still a home and we invite visitors to share the unique atmosphere of an historic house decorated for the family. Visitors will see Christmas trees, garlands, holly and of course ivy that encapsulates the spirit of the festive season. All complemented by the warmth of candlelight and open fires. Guided tours (c.1 hour) are tailored for all ages and interests.