Investigating the History of a House
Activity 1: Interior of Bedale Hall
These four photographs of Bedale Hall are from the late 19th century.
If you just had these four images and no other information about Bedale Hall and the Beresford Peirse family, what ideas would they give you about the lifestyle and wealth of this family?
Think about the following questions to help you form a picture of life of the occupants of Bedale Hall in the late 19th century.
Why do you think the fireplace is so huge and decorative?
Why do you think there is so much furniture, paintings, ornaments and plants in these two rooms?