My creation

The 1940s was a decade of much change for the Berwick’s of Attingham, and also in the outside world with the ongoing impact of World War II until 1945, and in the years after.

The Christmases of the 1940s, celebrated at Attingham were not opulent. The impact of World War II nationally and locally in this quiet area of Shropshire was being felt. Despite this, Thomas (until his death in 1947) and Teresa always tried to ensure there were celebrations to look forward to for estate workers, tenants and friends.

Each ground floor room was decorated with an individual theme and music from the 1940s was playing in the background. From a music theme in the Drawing Room, to photographs and papers from the 1940s in the Octagon Room, Attingham’s stories and the way Christmas was celebrated more widely in the 1940s came to life within the Mansion rooms.

Click on the links below to view the uncropped full size photographs:

1. Peace on Earth, 2. Entrance Hall, 3. Music Room, 4. Traditional, 5. Crystal Delight, 6. Memories, 7. Instructions, 8. Home Made, 9. Cosy Fireplace, 10. Time for Tea, 11. Tea Time Spread, 12. Kitchen Table, 13. Kitchen Decorations

10 Comments CherryPie on Dec 20th 2017

10 Responses to “1940s Christmas – Attingham Park”

  1. The Yum List says:

    Wow! They sure did make an effort with the decorations. Beautiful!

  2. lisl says:

    I had totally forgotten about jellies in moulds, Cherie

  3. Alan says:

    THE NT do a good job of dressing up their houses for Christmas. It would be nice to have staff to decorate my house, keep it today and clear it away afterwards :)

    • CherryPie says:

      I love to see NT houses decorated for Christmas.

      I also like the Christmas displays in my own home but they would be so much better if a fairy waved her wand to make it happen :-)

  4. A marvellous selection of Christmas Trees – I especially like the one in the centre. I do love the way the National Trust houses are so often decorated for Christmas and each and every property is different :)

  5. ....peter:) says:

    i love your festive collage Cherie… the tables caught my attention as much as the trees….peter:)