The entrance hall at Preston Manor was designed for arrival in style. Imagine the butler opening the door and ushering you into this large room, before gently taking your coat and introducing you to your hosts…

Photograph of the Entrance Hall in Preston Manor

In the 19th century, this room was also used as a billiard room where the men of the house would discuss politics and business in the evenings. By 1905, it had become more of a general sitting area where guests could mingle in a more informal setting. It was remodelled by C.S. Peach who introduced the cast-iron Ionic columns.

The large open fire dominates the room while the walls are filled with portraits of the Stanford Family. The furniture is from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Highlights

• Mahogany revolving bookcase
• Plaster figure of a Yorkshire terrier
• Gilt-bronze and copper chandelier
• Musical bracket clock
• Pair of second Empire bronze candelabra

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