Hamming It Up

· Exploring a National Trust property in Richmond ·

Down the Thames from central London, lies the lovely suburb of Richmond. Originally founded by Henry VII, the suburb features picturesque Georgian townhomes, a bustling town, and a sprawling historic deer park. Easily reached by Tube, Overground, or train, the historic little town is well worth a visit. And just down the river is another National Trust treasure: Ham House.

Ham House was built in 1610 and has, uniquely, remained largely untouched. An amazing example of what a house would have looked like at the time, the National Trust calls it “a rare 17th century survival of luxury and grandeur.” Sprawling gardens, the oldest orangery in Britain, and the earliest surviving bathroom, the estate is a treat to explore. The armour-motif on the staircase and decorations throughout are unique to Ham House giving it a different feel than many of the other stately homes open to the public.

Many National Trust and other properties have been used and updated over the years. Typically National Trust properties show how the house changed with times, moving through various periods in their decor. Though there a few decorative changes made to Ham House in the 1740s and 1890s, it remains otherwise as it was during its height in the 1600s. See for yourself why this makes it so special.


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