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Christmas at Lyme Park

25 November 2016

The National Trust has republished a charming little book, Treasure on Earth, by Phyllis Elinor Sandeman, an account, mostly by her aunt, who was a child in the very early 20th century, of the delights of Christmas at the stately home in Cheshire: white muslin dresses, amateur theatr­­icals, Tudor panelling, the mysteries of below-stairs, and “Christians, awake!” drifting up from the church choir singing “in the still air” of the courtyard. It is illustrated with wood­cuts like the one above, and includes Phyllis’s own memories of Lyme some decades later (£9.99 (£9); 978-1-911358-04-6)

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