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The School Room & Nursery

Passing from the Study into the nursery and schoolroom you go through the original outside wall of the house. Children are actively encouraged to play in this nursery - they can ride the rocking horse, play with the dolls and try out some of the games and write on a slate. Other items on display are a hip bath and a late 19th century barrel organ.

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The Music Room & Little Drawing Room

Here, a comfortable sofa and armchairs await visitors who wish to sit in comfort to listen to the piano. Books and magazines are at hand giving more information about Mirehouse and it's wider context. This room has wonderful views - across fields of peacefully grazing sheep - to the Lake as well as to St Bega’s church which featured in Melvyn Bragg’s Credo.

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The Drawing Room

This delightful sunny room with views across the lawns to Bassenthwaite Lake is where the main literary connections of Mirehouse and the Spedding family are to be found. Tennyson came to stay at Mirehouse on a number of occasions, not least for part of his honeymoon.

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The Library

The Library, which was largely collected by Thomas Story Spedding and his father, covers many subjects, including theology, philosophy, science, history and the classics. The Library also contains the letters of John Stuart Mill and Matthew Arnold, about Tom Spedding's book on the Poor Laws.

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The Dining Room

Reached through the Smoking Room, with its 14-volume biography of Sir Francis Bacon by James Spedding (1808-81), this bay and its counterpart, were built on to the original, rectangular house in 1790. The dining room is classical with formal beautiful paintings, yet some of it’s contents are quite intriguing (spot the “potty” and the iron marks!).

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