Every year Eileen Pennington opens up her house for a Great Melton Old Rectory Edwardian Weekend. The Old Rectory in Great Melton has a group of volunteers who dress up in Edwardian costume. They recreate a Downton Abbey feel interacting with each other whilst in character, acting out to a loose story line. Great Melton All Saints Church receive the donations from the weekend. Below are some images from the 2016 event.
Great Melton Old Rectory Edwardian Weekend Gallery
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You can see the various characters in the images above. The owner Eileen is the Lady of the House. You can see the Parlour Maid cooking in the Kitchen and the Scullery Maid peeling the fruit and vegetables, washing the floor and doing the washing.
There is a Doctor visiting a woman patient in a straitjacket and the Rector writing with a quill pen plus giving advice to some of his parishioners. Other characters include a Groom, Housekeeper, Butler, School Master and Hat Man, Musician and a Wench with her two urchins. Outside is the Head Gardener, Stable Hand and a Fortune Teller. The characters all appear to have great fun and tell stories to their guests visiting the house.
Outside of the house in the garden there is a large marquee with characters dressed up selling drinks and cake. You can play croquet on the lawn.
If you visit the Old Rectory you will find a house almost untouched by time. It was built in 1851 and and retains much of its original decor, furnishings and character. If you like period features and require a period style wedding this could the ideal wedding venue for you.
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