The Canonbury Antiques showroom is situated in the glorious Hertfordshire countryside and there are many local places of interest to visit after you have seen us. One of our favourite recent discoveries are the ruins at the Old Gorhambury House.
(The ruined tower - now occupied by two handsome chaps)
These are right outside St Albans (in itself an amazing historic town to visit with lots of interesting sights) right near the Roman ruins at Verulamium (also worthy of a visit). It is just a short 20 minute journey from our showroom.
There you go, I have just planned a whole days fun activities for you and your family! Old Gorhambury House was originally built in the 1560s by Sir Nicolas Bacon (1510-79) who was the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal and one of Queen Elizabeth Is most important councillors. At the time it was an amazingly luxurious house with plumbed running water and elaborately decorated interiors. In the tradition of the stately homes of the day it had a great hall for dining and entertaining guests. In fact historical records show that Queen Elizabeth I visited the house in 1577 and on at least three other occasions graced her presence. During one visit - which lasted five days - the feasting, entertainment and gifts cost Sir Nicholas £577 - equivalent to £90,000 in todays money. What a party that must have been.
(New Gorhambury House - which still dates to 1777)
Walking around the ruins you really get a sense of the amazing history and things that must have gone in the house - you can also see some of the architectural features and appreciate how beautiful it would have been back in the day. Particularly the tower which dominates the view. On the estate there is still the newer and very grand looking New Gorhambury House (still dating to 1777) - which is open to the public on select days so you should enquire before.
Of course, whilst visiting these ruins you can also see some much older Roman ruins just up the road including a unique Roman theatre, claimed to the only one in Britain like this as normally they are of amphitheatre form. The whole city is an interactive museum.
The Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom is just 25 minutes north of London near where the M25 meets the A1. Very well situated for viewings of any of our goods and antiques. We specialise in antique dining furniture, art deco, bronze statues, architectural antiques, porcelain, continental antiques and the world of interiors. We have been in business since the 1960s with showrooms in London including Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill Gate, W11. Please get in touch if you would like to make an appointment or have any other questions and we hope to see you soon.
( Large range of refectory tables too )
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