Archive | November, 2013

Michael Buerk’s memories – and a historic wedding

25 Nov
Michael Buerk channels his elderly aunt

All made up: Michael Buerk channels his elderly aunt

Poor Michael Buerk comes face-to-face with his great aunt when he submits to an 18th-century make-up session in the latest episode of Inside the National Trust.

The 20-week behind-the-scenes ITV series features six National Trust properties, including my home, Wordsworth House and Garden.

This week, presenter Michael is made-up Georgian dandy style by costumed servant Sophia, who is also a talented 21st-century make-up artist.

We all thought he looked rather splendid in his wig, powder and paint, which she topped off with a very fetching beauty spot, but he was horrified when he saw himself in the mirror.

All he could say was: “I look like my great aunt – when I was a small boy, I was made to kiss her and I could feel all the bristles on her chin!”

On a far happier – and much more attractive – note, the following episode features a wedding at the house, with the bride and groom in gorgeous period costumes.

As all the couples who’ve been married here will testify, you would be hard-pressed to find a lovelier venue. For more information about getting married at Wordsworth House and Garden, visit our website and download the brochure.

Inside the National Trust is showing on ITV1 on Sundays, usually at around 12.25pm, over the autumn and winter – or you can catch up on your TV or PC.

Kerry and Richard

Perfect day: Bride and groom Kerry and Richard

Linda and Andrew

Bridal party: Linda and Andrew in period costume

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Stepping back in time to the ironmongers

7 Nov
Inside Banks' emporium

Impressive ironmongery: Inside Banks’ emporium

This week in Inside the National Trust, my boss, Head Gardener Amanda, and volunteers Jean and Alison take a trip down Cockermouth’s Georgian Main Street to visit JB Banks’ amazing Victorian ironmongery.

The 20-week behind-the-scenes ITV series features six National Trust properties, including my home, Wordsworth House and Garden.

Amanda goes to Banks’ to get her traditional garden tools sharpened ready for the new season’s work. The shop, which was founded in 1836, has changed little over the intervening years.

The deeds of the building, which is older than the shop itself, bear the signature of William Wordsworth’s father, John, who was agent for local bigwig Lord Lowther.

In one concession to the modern world of television, current owner Vanessa keeps bundles of four candles on the counter, especially for fans of the Two Ronnies’ immortal ironmongery sketch!

Inside the National Trust is showing on ITV1 on Sundays, usually at around 12.25pm, over the autumn and winter – or you can catch up on your TV or PC.

JB Banks on Cockermouth Main Street

Memory Lane: JB Banks on Cockermouth Main Street

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