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Christchurch Mansion (Ipswich) Tour - 12 January 2015

29 members joined us at Christchurch Mansion for a guided tour. Most of our members all said that it was ridiculous that having lived in Ipswich their whole life, they hadn't done this before! Many said that they intend to go back to have a further look around in their own time, now they know the amazing history behind the artefacts on show.

For instance, the Dolls House below was created by a Felixstowe lady during the Second World War to raise funds for the British Red Cross and other charities, by transporting it and exhibiting it around the country.

She wrote to Winston Churchill to tell him about what she was doing and he sent her his cigar boxes to make some of the furniture with. In its drawing room, there is a miniature autograph album containing signatures of many eminent people of the day, including Lord Mountbatten of Burma.

And here's an interesting fact. As a sign of wealth, the aristocracy, kept their houses tidy and clutter free by having chests. But it was difficult to get to the items at the bottom so someone had the brainwave of adding a drawer to the bottom. Eventually chests were made with more drawers - hence a chest of drawers!

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