Photograph of portrait of George Holt above mantelpiece in the library

George Holt put in the fitted bookcases, chimneypiece and embossed wallpaper in this room. He probably used it as his study.

When Emma died in 1944 there was little interest in Victorian interiors. All the furniture in the house was sold off - even the curtains and light fittings. We have re-furnished the ground floor just enough to give it a Victorian feel. But when the Holts lived here, the rooms were much more cluttered. If they were like that today, you would not be able to get around the rooms to look at the pictures