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Artist Dennis Severs restored his 18th century house, filling it with Georgian and Victorian furniture and objects and living without electricity. The house has been open to the public since his death in 1999.
You're invited to imagine being inside the home of a family of Huguenot weavers as you walk through the rooms in absolute silence (no phones or cameras allowed). Church bells can be heard in the distance and the smell of orange pomander wafts through the house. The beds are unmade, laundry is hanging out to dry and baked scones are resting on the kitchen table.
It's very hard to describe this experience, but if you have time to visit, then see what you think.
Do check the website for detailed opening times and booking details as the house is only occasionally open. And if you can afford it, then book the 'Exclusive Silent Night' twilight/evening visit (£45). I thought my Monday lunchtime slot was too crowded to fully appreciate the atmosphere and ambience of the house.
Photos kindly provided by Roelof Bakker / Dennis Severs' House
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