The library and book room at Wimpole is pretty impressive. At lots of the National Trust properties the libraries are quite dark and musty- not that I mind that- but at Wimpole it is unexpectedly light and airy. I could imagine reading there without suffering from eye strain.
They are currently cleaning the Library and with over 10,000 books it's a massive task, it's going to take over two years! Each book is individually caressed with a brush made from pony hair to remove dust, it is done by volunteers with some guidance from experts. I was surprised to learn they handle the books with bare hands, but apparently cotton gloves are too rough and can scratch away miniature leather particles.
|this house steward was kind enough to give a talk about the book cleaning process.|
|Very Beauty and the Beast|
Aside from the Library, I also liked the House Keeper's Pantry. It had some pretty tea tins and huge metal containers for flour and coco. I particularly liked the look of The Doctors China Tea
I also liked looking at the old suitcases and steamer trucks that still had stickers attached.
If you're in the area (around Cambridge) I'd recommend you have a stroll around Wimpole. I don't think you need to pay for some of the gardens and surrounding fields, so you could just pop over for a picnic and take in the idyllic countryside. The house is also worth a visit, it has one of the nicest libraries I've seen and I the conservation work they're doing at the moment is interesting. The house also boasts a bathroom similar to how I imagine the Prefect bathroom in Harry Potter- it is enormous! There is a staircase leading into the tub, a huge metal pump and a wooden shower.