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Die handelaarshuis

The Merchant's House is 'n herstel van 'n 17de -eeuse syhandelaarshuis - nou 'n graad II -struktuur in die middel van die historiese High Street van Marlborough.

Geskiedenis van The Merchant's House

Een van die vroegste burgeroorloggevegte het in 1642 in Marlborough plaasgevind. Elf jaar later is The Merchant's House deur Thomas Bayly gebou na die Groot Brand van Marlborough in 1653 wat die meerderheid van die middeleeuse en tudorstad verwoes het.

Thomas Bayly was 'n welvarende syhandelaar en prominente burger van Marlborough (twee keer sy burgemeester) en woon saam met sy vrou, 9 kinders en bediendes in die huis, en bestuur sy onderneming van daar af. Bayly het in die huis gewoon gedurende 'n tyd van groot verandering plaaslik sowel as nasionaal in 'n eeu toe 'n moderne kapitalistiese Brittanje met 'n volwasse politieke lewe ontstaan ​​het.

Die huis is verbeter en uitgebrei tot 1700, later onderverdeel en onderverhuur, met ongeveer twee derdes van die eiendom 'n drukker- en skryfbehoefteonderneming. Dit is uiteindelik in 1926 deur WH Smith gekoop.

Die Handelshuis vandag

Die huis word gerestoureer deur 'n liefdadigheidsorganisasie en bied 'n seldsame geleentheid om na 'n 17de-eeuse huis te kyk, wat insig gee in die leefstyl en belange van 'n middelklasgesin van die tyd. Baie prag word onthul namate die bewaring vorder, insluitend stof en oorspronklike 300 jaar oue muurskilderye wat tans elders in die VK onbekend is.

Agter The Merchant's House is 'n tuin wat gebaseer is op die formele ontwerpe van die laat 17de eeu. Alle plante is noukeurig ondersoek en is voor 1700 in die Verenigde Koninkryk verbou, insluitend 'n klein boord- en kruietuin.

Toere deur die huis en tuine is beskikbaar deur 'n spesialis -vrywillige gids, en dit duur ongeveer 'n uur.

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The Merchant's House is geleë op die huidige 132/3 High Street in Marlborough, 75 myl van Londen en 30 myl van Bath af. As u met die motor hierheen ry, neem vanaf Londen die M4, vertrek by aansluiting 14 en neem die A4 na Marlborough - as u uit die weste kom, neem die M4, vertrek by aansluiting 15 en neem dan die A346 na Marlborough. The Merchant's House is aan die noordekant van die High Street, ongeveer 100 meter van die stadsaal af.

Toegang tot die huis is deur die Merchant's House Shop. Die huis het toegang vir gestremdes via 'n traplift van die grondvloer na die eerste verdieping, wat toegang tot die belangrikste kamers bied.


Merchant's House Museum

Die Merchant's House Museum, voorheen bekend as die Ou handelaarshuis en as die Seabury Tredwell House, is die enigste negentiende-eeuse gesinshuis in New York wat binne en buite behoue ​​gebly het. Gebou "op spekulasie" in 1832 deur Joseph Brewster, 'n hoeder van handel, is dit geleë in East East Fourth Street 29, tussen Lafayette Street en die Bowery in Manhattan. Dit het in 1936 'n museum geword, gestig deur George Chapman, 'n neef van die gesin wat eens daar gewoon het.

Die huis was een van die eerste 20 geboue wat in 1965 aangewys is ingevolge die nuwe wet op die stad. Dit is die enigste historiese huismuseum in die woonbuurte Greenwich Village/Soho/NoHo.


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13de tot 15de eeu Redigeer

Die Middeleeuse Merchant's House is in ongeveer 1290 in French Street, Southampton, [2] gebou, toe 'n belangrike hawe en 'n groot provinsiale stad met 'n bevolking van ongeveer 5000, wat ryk geword het uit die handel met Engeland se kontinentale besittings in Europa. [3] Die gebied van Southampton rondom French Street is vroeër in die eeu herbeplan, wat die aantal plaasdiere wat in en om die huise aangehou is, verminder het, armer handelaars en vakmanne na die minder wenslike noordelike helfte van die stad gedryf het en 'n kwart groot, indrukwekkende huise, dikwels in klip gebou met teëldakke. [4] Die oorspronklike huis is ontwerp vir gebruik deur John Fortin, 'n welvarende wynhandelaar, met 'n gewelfde kelder vir voorraad, 'n winkel aan die voorkant van die eiendom en huisvesting vir die gesin, baie daarvan is in klip gebou, maar dit is 'n houtfront, 'n modieuse ontwerp vir die tydperk. [5] Minstens 60 ander huise soortgelyk aan die Medieval Merchant's House is ongeveer dieselfde tyd in Southampton gebou. [2]

Teen die 1330's het die welvaart van Southampton stadig afgeneem. In 1338 was daar 'n suksesvolle Franse aanval op die stad, waartydens verskeie geboue verbrand en kasteel beskadig is. [6] Die huis was moontlik een van die wat tydens die aanval beskadig is, aangesien die suidwestelike hoek van die gebou omstreeks daardie tyd ineengestort het en vinnig ander herbouings, insluitend die toevoeging van 'n kaggel, herbou moes word. op dieselfde tyd. [2] Die ekonomie van Southampton het in duie gestort in die nadraai van die aanvalle en nooit heeltemal herstel nie. [7] Die karakter van French Street het begin verander, aangesien baie huise onderverdeel of herontwikkel is om in meer geboue te pas. [8] The Medieval Merchant's House het die groot handelaars nie meer gebruik nie en teen 1392 blyk dit dat Thomas Fryke en John Barflet, laasgenoemde 'n afstammeling van John Fortin, vir wie die huis oorspronklik gebou is, aan huurders verhuur is. [8]

Gedurende die 15de eeu het die ekonomie van Southampton verbeter as gevolg van die Italiaanse wolhandel en die teenwoordigheid van baie buitelandse handelaars. [9] The Medieval Merchant's House is verkry deur 'n reeks gevestigde Southampton -handelaars, maar dit het ongeskonde gebly as 'n losstaande woning, in teenstelling met baie ander eiendomme in die buurt wat saamgevoeg is tot die groter huise wat in die laat 15de eeu meer modieus geword het. . [9] In die middel van die 16de eeu het die ekonomie van Southampton egter weer in duie gestort namate die handel met Italië gedaal het, wat die welvaart van French Street meegebring het. [9] 'n Nuwe salon is in die huis geïnstalleer, en 'n vloer is halfpad oor die oop gang aangebring om ekstra slaapplek te produseer. [2]

16de tot 20ste eeu Redigeer

Die huis is gedurende die 17de eeu in drie kothuise omskep, wat 'n nuwe deur en ekstra kaggels bygevoeg het. [2] Die ekonomie en status van Southampton het eers in die 18de eeu begin verbeter toe dit 'n bekende kulturele sentrum geword het. [10] In 1780 is die drie kothuise weer omskep in 'n enkele gebou, in besit van mevrou Collins, as 'n losieshuis vir akteurs. [2] Gedurende die Victoriaanse era het Southampton 'n groot uitbreiding van sy maritieme hawe en die bou van 'n nuwe spoorlyn beleef. [10] Die Middeleeuse koopmanshuis is weer omskep en het teen 1883 'n bierwinkel geword, en 'n gewilde openbare huis met die naam Bull's Head. [2]

Laat 20ste en 21ste eeu Redigeer

Toe die Tweede Wêreldoorlog in 1939 uitbreek, word die huis as 'n bordeel gebruik. [2] In 1940 was Southampton swaar geteiken tydens die Blitz. Duitse bomme het die huis ernstig beskadig en die middeleeuse binnekant daarvan onthul, [11] en gevolglik het die stadsraad van Southampton die eiendom gekoop. In 1972 is dit aan die minister van buitelandse sake oorgedra voordat dit in 1984 onder die aandag van die Engelse erfenis gegaan het. [2]

Die besluit is geneem om die Middeleeuse Koopmanshuis as toeriste-aantreklikheid te herstel, en die nodige werk is tussen 1983 en 1985 uitgevoer. [11] Akademiese Raphael Samuel het opgemerk dat die herstel sterk beïnvloed is deur die laat-20ste-eeuse tradisie van lewende geskiedenis, waarin 'herinterpretasie' plek maak vir 'herinrigting'. [12] Die proses is ook beperk deur die skade wat die post-Middeleeuse dele van die gebou gedurende die laat 19de en vroeë 20ste eeu aangerig het. Na argeologiese ondersoeke is die huis so na as moontlik in die middeleeuse toestand herstel, en later materiaal verwyder. Waar die oorspronklike middeleeuse dele van die huis verlore gegaan het, was die werk gebaseer op argeologiese herinterpretasie. [13] Die voltooide huis was toegerus met replika van die laat-13de en 14de-eeuse meubels, en die uniform vir die Engelse erfenispersoneel wat die huis bestuur, was oorspronklik van middeleeuse ontwerp. [12]

Die Middeleeuse handelaarshuis in French Street 58 bly steeds 'n toeriste -aantreklikheid en is 'n gebou in graad I en 'n geskeduleerde monument. [14]

Die Medieval Merchant's House kyk vandag uit op French Street en kombineer mure van Bembridge en Purbeck -klip met 'n houtvoorkant. [15] Die uitleg van die huis volg 'n middeleeuse reghoekige, smal planontwerp, deurdat die gang van die straat af strek om die voorkant te bewaar, en dat daar geen interne binnehof in die ontwerp ingebou is nie. [16] Argitektonies is die huis belangrik, want soos die historikus Glyn Coppack beklemtoon, is dit "die enigste gebou in sy soort wat aansienlik oorleef het toe dit eers gebou is". [1]

Aan die voorkant van die huis, op die grondvloer, is 'n gerekonstrueerde middeleeuse winkelfront, vanwaar die eienaar sy handelsonderneming sou bedryf het. [17] Hieragter is die sentrale gang, oorspronklik ontwerp met 'n oop vuurherd in die middel, maar nou toegerus met 'n Vlaamse skoorsteen uit die 14de eeu, gepleister om te lyk soos metselwerk. [18] 'n Gang langs die een kant van die gange was 'n tradisionele kenmerk van die tydperk, hoewel die mode uiteindelik laat vaar is omdat dit moeilik was om dit effektief te verlig. [19] Aan die agterkant van die eiendom is 'n privaat binnekamer met 'n dekoratiewe plafon. [20] Onder die huis is 'n onderdak, of kelder, wat ontwerp is om vate wyn teen 'n konstante temperatuur te stoor, maar die baksteenvloer het 'n 18de-eeuse oorsprong. [21] Dit is 'n argitektoniese kenmerk wat in verskeie ander Engelse kus- en rivier -middeleeuse dorpe voorkom, waaronder Winchester en Londen. [22]

Op die eerste verdieping is die huis verdeel in oostelike en westelike bedkamers, verbind deur die sentrale gang deur 'n galery. [23] Die oostelike bedkamer is aan die voorkant van die huis en strek uit in die straat - dit was 'n kenmerk wat gebruik word om ruimte aan huise te gee, en word ook gesien in eiendomme in Shrewsbury, Tewkesbury en York. [24] Sommige van die merkers van die oorspronklike bouers kan nog op die hout in die kamer gesien word. [25] Die westelike slaapkamer lyk meer soos die voorkoms van die 19de eeu, eerder as die Middeleeue, aangesien die plafon van die Victoriaanse era gelaat is. [26] Die dak van die huis is 'n identiese plaasvervanger vir die Middeleeuse oorspronklike, geteël met Cornish -leisteen. [27]


Merchants House Museum

ERFENISBEPALING:

ERFENISHoogtepunte: die bes bewaarde 16de-eeuse woning in Plymouth

Hierdie aantreklike houtraamhuis is waarskynlik weggesteek van die gewoel van die moderne Plymouth in 'n stil systraat, waarskynlik vroeg in die 16de eeu gebou en 'n eeu later opgeknap. Ons weet nie presies wanneer die huis gebou is nie, maar ons weet baie van die eerste eienaar, 'n privaat eienaar met die naam William Parker.

Parker was die Elizabethaanse verskynsel, 'n agbare handelaar en seerower, wat 'n loopbaan as handelaar suksesvol met privaat en burgerlike regering kombineer. Parker was 'n goeie vriend van Plymouth se bekendste privaatman, sir Francis Drake, en het van 1601-1602 as burgemeester van Plymouth gedien.

Hy dien in 1588 onder Drake in die stryd teen die Spaanse Armada en het waarskynlik bevel gegee oor 'n seevaartskip met die naam Mary Rose (nie die beroemde vaartuig wat deur Henry VII gebou is nie, maar 'n ander met dieselfde naam).

Hy het in die Karibiese Eilande strooptogte op die Spanjaarde geloods, maar sy groot deurbraak kom in 1601 toe hy 'n paar skatskepe gevul met 10 000 goue dukate gevang het. By sy terugkeer na Plymouth, is hy verkies tot burgemeester, en het hy die winste uit sy ondernemings gebruik om 'n ouer huis op hierdie perseel te herbou tot 'n modieuse houtraam wat geskik is vir 'n gerespekteerde heer van die stad.

Hy het gehelp om die Plymouth Company te bevorder om Noord -Amerika te koloniseer en het aktief belang gestel in die Virginia Colony. Hy sterf in 1618 op 'n reis na Oos -Indië.

Parkers se erfgename het van 1617-1632 hier gewoon, en dit het oorgegaan na Abraham Rowe, 'n ander suksesvolle handelaar. In 1651 is die huis by 2 geleenthede deur Justinian Beard, ordmeester van Plymouth, gekoop.

Dit is tot 1707 deur die Beele -gesin bewoon, daarna deur die Martyn -gesin tot 1807. In 1807 is die gebou aan die agterkant uitgebrei (in die rigting van Finewellstraat) en die voorste gedeelte as 'n winkel. In die 1960's is dit gebruik as 'n tekskantoor wat daarna deur die stadsraad gerestoureer is en 'n museum vir plaaslike erfenis geword het, wat mettertyd op die lewe in Plymouth fokus.

Merchant's House is die beste voorbeeld van 'n Elizabethaanse huis in Plymouth. Daar is sewe kamers, en elke kamer het 'n tema om 'n duidelike tydperk in die geskiedenis van Plymouth te verteenwoordig. Temas dek onderwerpe soos vervoer, handel en Tweede Wêreldoorlog, met 'n ruimte om die Blitz -ervaring te herskep. Een van die kamers is verander in 'n replika Victoriaanse skoolkamer.

Hoogtepunte van die historiese voorwerpe wat uitgestal word, sluit in 'n 17de-eeuse gesnyde kaggelrak, 'n Victoriaanse poppekas en 'n versameling 19de-eeuse winkelborde met egte goudverf. Sien voorwerpe wat verband hou met die regstelsel, soos manakels wat gebruik word om gevangenes en 'n eendstoel te hou. Die voorkamer, waar die gesin belangrike gaste sou vermaak, het nog steeds sy groot oorspronklike kaggel.

Merchant's House is 'n plesier, 'n wonderlike geleentheid om terug te kyk na die geskiedenis van Plymouth in 'n huis vol karakter. Daar is 'n baie billike toegangsgeld en afslag vir kinders, bejaardes en studente.

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Die museum is [tydelik, hoop ons] deur die stadsraad van Plymouth gesluit sodat dit uitgebreide herstel- en herstelwerk kan ondergaan. Moet asseblief NIE planne maak om te besoek nie! U kan natuurlik steeds te alle tye geniet om die buitekant van die pragtige gebou met houtraamwerk te sien!

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Adres: 33 Andrew Street, Plymouth, Devon, Engeland, PL1 2AX
Type attractie: Museum
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Die geskiedenis van die Merchant ’s House & -winkel

Ons Georgiese terras -meenthuis is geleë met 'n uitsig oor die markplein, in die hartjie van die beste beplande 19de -eeuse stad van Ierland.

Die huis is gebou en gehuur in 1811 van John Ormsby Vandeleur deur 'n freeshandelaar, Bartholomew Glynn. Dit was sy tuiste en besigheid tot met sy dood in 1856. Die huis was getuie van sy gesin se vreugde oor gesinsgeboortes en selfs 'n troue tydens hul ampstermyn. By sy afsterwe is dit verhuur tot 1890. Dit was op hierdie stadium dat die huis wat vandag nog bestaan, in wese Victoriaans is met 'n kroeg en kruidenierswinkel op die grondvloer.

Na die 'opknapping' in 1890 verhuur die Glynns die eiendom aan die Clancy -gesin wat die nuut geïnstalleerde kroeg en kruidenierswinkel bestuur het. Hulle neef, 'n Kilrush -gebore generaal Sir Thomas Kelly Kenny, was blykbaar 'n goeie vriend van Edward VII en George V. Ons is onseker of sir Thomas sy vriende na Kilrush of The Merchant's House gebring het!

Na die ampstermyn van Clancys ’ het die Ryan -gesin in November 1901 gaan woon. Twee geslagte Ryans het tot 1939 hier gewoon. Met veranderinge het hulle hul ampstermyn as onderdane van Edward VII begin en as burgers van die Ierse Vrystaat vertrek nadat hulle 'n Wêreldoorlog en die begin van 'n tweede wêreldoorlog beleef het, het ons 'n paar wonderlike foto's en 'n ongelooflike sosiale geskiedenis agtergelaat. Een inwoner van Ryan, Katherine Ryan (later Kelly), (dogter van Thomas en Kathleen) was 'n operasanger wat die wêreld deur gereis het. By haar terugkeer huis toe sou sy soms die groot vensterruite van die eerste verdieping oopmaak en arias sing vir die skare wat op die onderstaande markplein vergader het. Kilrush het 'n gevestigde musikale tradisie, van opera tot koor tot tradisionele musiek.

In 1939, vir die eerste keer in sy 138 jaar, is die gebou verkoop, wat van die Glynn -gesin na die McDermott -gesin oorgedra is. Die musikale erfenis van Kilrush, saam met die kroeg en kruideniersware van die gebou, is voortgesit deur die McDermotts. Hul seun, Joseph McDermott, 'n afgetrede internasionale gholfspeler in die VSA, het saam met sy suster Mary gedurende die veertiger- en vyftigerjare in die huis grootgeword. Dit was tydens hul ampstermyn dat die Dubliners 'n sessie in die agterste kroeg gespeel het in Augustus 1963. Na 79 jaar wat die publiek bedien het, is die kroeg en kruidenierswinkel in 1968 gesluit.

Met die verkoop van sy dranklisensie kort nadat die kroeg nooit weer oopgemaak is nie. Die huis is 'n aantal kere verkoop voordat ons, die Gleeson -gesin, dit in 1989 bekom het. Teen die 20ste eeu was dit onaangeraak asof ons terugstap in die tyd.

Dit bly onbewoon tot 2010 toe die wedergeboorte en die herstel van hierdie unieke en historiese huis begin het. Die gevolg was 'n omskakeling in twee erfenis -vakansiehuise wat die verlede bewaar, terwyl die 21ste -eeuse gerief diskreet geïnstalleer is.


The Merchant's House Marlborough

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ERFENISHoogtepunte: paneelkamer uit die 17de eeu

In 1653 vloei 'n verwoestende brand deur die markstad Marlborough. Na die brand het 'n welgestelde syhandelaar genaamd Thomas Bayly 'n indrukwekkende hout- en baksteenhuis aan die einde van Marlborough se lang High Street begin bou.

In die volgende vyf dekades het Bayly en sy nageslag 'n ryk versierde huis geskep met kleurvolle muurskilderye, paneelkamers en 'n indrukwekkende eikehouttrap.

Bayly se huis is herstel deur 'n plaaslike liefdadigheidstrust en bied besoekers 'n wonderlike aanskoulike blik op die wêreld van 'n welvarende handelsgesin.

Die huis

Agt groot kamers word vir besoekers vertoon, met die hoogtepunt moontlik die paneelkamer. Hierdie kamer is gebou tydens Cromwell's Commonwealth, tussen 1653-1656, en die kamer met eikehout is byna heeltemal onaangeraak sedert dit gebou is. Die groot oriëlvenster het 'n ongewone loodglaspaneel uit die 17de eeu in die vorm van 'n sonwyser.

Die eetkamer het 'n opvallende dekoratiewe skema van vertikale strepe wat van vloer tot plafon loop. Die ontwerp dateer uit 1665, maar was eeue lank versteek onder latere muurbedekkings en is eers in 1991 onthul. Die ontwerp is waarskynlik gebaseer op symure wat Thomas Bayly uit Nederland ingevoer het.

Die middelpunt van die huis is die eikehouttrap, 'n pragtige voorbeeld van houtwerk uit die herstelperiode. Die trapmure het 'n geverfde patroon wat lyk soos balustrade. Dit is een van die min voorbeelde van geverfde balustrading in Engeland.

Die kombuis is een van die onlangs gerestoureerde kamers in die huis. 'N Handgeskrewe gesinsresepteboek word vertoon wat lekkernye soos fricassee en patat bevat. Daar is twee gesinsbedkamers, een bo die kombuis, wat dit die warmste slaapkamer in die huis maak. Daar is ook 'n kleiner bed se bedkamer onder die dakrand.

Die binneruim is ingerig met antieke meubels, keramiek, huishoudelike werktuie, musiekinstrumente en kuns. Die huis is versier om te wys hoe 'n tipiese gesin destyds sou geleef, gewerk, aanbid en vermaak het.

Daar is ook 'n groot versameling historiese artefakte wat verband hou met Marlborough, van die Middeleeue tot die huidige tyd, asook ou foto's van Marlborough en die omliggende gebied. Een hoogtepunt is 'n afskrif van Foxe's Book of Martyrs, die eerste keer gepubliseer in 1563.

Die tuin

Agter die huis is 'n tuin wat ontwerp is in die styl van 'n tradisionele 17de-eeuse meenthuistuin. Ons weet uit dokumentêre bewyse dat die Bayly's 'n tuin onderhou het, hoewel die ligging daarvan nie seker is nie. Die ontwerp is histories akkuraat en weerspieël wat 'n welgestelde Puriteinse gesin in hul tuin sou gehad het. Dit is op drie verdiepings, met 'n geplaveide terras aan die onderkant, wat styg tot 'n formele parterre, en bo -aan is 'n kruietuin en 'n boord wat ou vrugtesoorte groei.

'N 17de-eeuse tuin was funksioneel sowel as aantreklik, en hierdie voorbeeld bevat plante wat gekweek word vir medisinale gebruik, soos hisop en laventel. Daar is ook 'n tradisionele skep om bye aan te hou, maar om besoekers veilig te hou, word geen bye gehou nie!

Die Merchant & rsquos House Trust beskik ook oor 'n biblioteek met boeke en ander dokumente wat verband hou met die 17de-eeuse stadslewe, die syhandel, handwerk, muurskilderye en historiese eikehoutmeubels. Die biblioteek is op afspraak vir die publiek oop.

The Merchants House is ook 'n plek vir musikale optredes, gewoonlik in die historiese paneelkamer. As u 'n optrede bywoon, volg u moontlik die voetspore van die 17de-eeuse dagboekskrywer Samuel Pepys, wat Marlborough op 15 Junie 1668 besoek het en 'n musikale voordrag by 'n naamlose plek gehoor het. Aangesien die Bayly's 'n toonaangewende familie was en bekend was dat hulle belangstel in vermaak en musiek, is dit heeltemal aanneemlik dat Pepys die voordrag in dieselfde kamer van Bayly se huis gehoor het.

The Merchants House is seisoenaal oop vir gereelde begeleide toere, of op afspraak op ander tye indien 'n gids beskikbaar is.

Ons het 'n sonnige dag in Augustus besoek, net betyds vir een van die vier toere daardie dag. Ons gids was uitstekend, vol inligting oor die huis en die voorwerpe wat ons in die historiese kamers kon sien.

Die toer begin in die paneelkamer. Dit is 'n pragtige voorbeeld van 'n kamer met 'n paneel in Jacoba, met antieke meubels, insluitend 'n oorspronklike Glastonbury -stoel. Hierdie tipe opvoubare stoel is gemaak vir reis. Daar is blykbaar slegs 10 of so oorspronklike Glastonbury -stoele in Engeland, so die Merchants House -voorbeeld is 'n ware skat. Naby die stoel is 'n dressoir versier met uiters gedetailleerde gravures.

Die toer het verskeie bedkamers ingerig met meubels uit die 17de en 18de eeu. Die gids het bespiegel dat een van die bedkamers moontlik geweef is, aangesien dit deur vensters aan twee kante verlig is.

Die hoogtepunt van die kamers wat vir die toer besigtig kan word, is die eetkamer. Die geverfde mure met hul lewendige strepe is pragtig. Soek Elizabethaanse onderhouers met geverfde rympies, soos 'n 16de-eeuse weergawe van 'n Kersfees-kraker.

Ons het ons toer deur die huis baie geniet en beveel 'n besoek aan. Dit is 'n uitsonderlike voorbeeld van 'n 17de-eeuse meenthuis.

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Oor The Merchant's House Marlborough
Adres: 132 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, Engeland, SN8 1HN
Type attractie: Historiese gebou
Webwerf: The Merchant's House Marlborough
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Bedryfstelsel: SU188692
Fotokrediet: David Ross en Britain Express

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In 1991, na 'n inisiatief van die nuutgestigte Merchant's House Trust, het die stadsraad van Marlborough die eienaarskap van nr. 132 en verhuur dit aan die Trust teen 'n peperkorrelhuur, 'n deurlopende bydrae van die stadsraad wat met dank erken word. Sedert 1991 is die Trust aktief betrokke by die bewaring, herstel en inrigting van hierdie merkwaardige gebou.

Baie oorspronklike kenmerke oorleef. Dit sluit in 'n grootliks onveranderde kamerstelsel, panele, 'n groot eike trap en klipskoorstene. Wat die gebou besonders maak, was die ontdekking in die negentigerjare van die veelchrome muurskilderye wat fiktiewe balustrades op die mure van die groot trap en 'n ryk gekleurde gestreepte muurontwerp wat in hierdie land uniek is, beskou word. Dit is des te meer merkwaardig in 'n huis wat deur die "middelmatige soort" bewoon word, 'n sosiale laag waarmee baie mense kan identifiseer, en veral ongewoon in 'n hoë straathuis van 'n welvarende mark met die eindelose kommersiële druk om bygewerk te word of selfs heeltemal herontwikkel as gevolg van die waardevolle ligging daarvan. Die kwaliteit van die gebou is erken deur die opname daarvan in Simon Jenkins Engeland se 1000 beste huise (2003).


Merchant's House Museum

The Merchant's House - Manhattan se eerste baken - veg al nege jaar lank vir sy oorlewing en#8230!

Asof 2020 nie moeilik genoeg was vir ons liewe handelaarshuis nie, die ontwikkelaar het vroeg in Desember 'n aansoek ingedien vir 'n nuwe gebou langsaan in Oos 4de Straat 27, een wat groter en meer massief is as die oorspronklike voorgestelde hotel!

Onomkeerbare skade as gevolg van die konstruksie word gewaarborg en die risiko van ineenstorting van ons brose 189-jarige landmerkgebou is selfs groter.

Ons hartlike dank aan almal wat die LPC -verhoor op 12 Januarie bygewoon en getuig het. Tydens die verhoor, wat drie uur geduur het, is getuienis van meer as 40 individue, waaronder president Gale Brewer van Manhattan Borough, staatsenator Brad Hoylman (ook namens Deborah Glick, lid van die NYS) ), Lid van die stadsraad, Carlina Rivera, en verteenwoordigers van Community Board 2, die NYC Parks Department, die Historic House Trust en vele ander.

Meer as 520 opposisiebriewe is ingedien, en ons versoekskrif het meer as 12 000 handtekeninge (nou byna 15 000!). Soos die geval was by tientalle verhore die afgelope nege jaar, het nie een persoon ten gunste van die voorgestelde ontwikkeling gepraat nie.

Op 'n vergadering op 2 Februarie wou die Landmarks Preservation Commission nie stem nie, In plaas daarvan om die ontwikkelaars en hul konsultante saam met die Merchant ’s House, die parke -afdeling en die Historic House Trust te versoek om 'n meer omvattende beskermingsplan vir ons gebou buite en binne te bou, sou die bouwerk moontlik voortgaan.

Alhoewel ons nog 'n lang stryd voor ons het, Ons is bly dat die kommissarisse die werklike bedreiging van onherstelbare skade aan die Merchant's House ernstig opneem, nie net struktureel nie, dit wil sê moontlike ineenstorting, maar ook ons ​​oorspronklike dekoratiewe gips uit 1832, wat deur baie kenners as die beste beskou word .

Ons vriende op Village Preservation ‘s se webwerf het meer inligting oor die aansoek: klik hier!

Hoe u kan help!

Teken ons petisie - Klik hier. Die petisie het byna 15 000 handtekeninge!
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Hier is waarom die LPC die aansoeker vir ontwikkelaars moet ontken.

(blaai af vir meer besonderhede)

1. Die Landmarks Preservation Commission het 'n verpligting teenoor die mense van New York om historiese eiendomme en distrikte in die stad te bewaar.
Die LPC se missie is om die spesiale plekke en geboue wat die merkwaardige geskiedenis en erfenis van die stad lewendig maak, te beskerm en dit vir toekomstige geslagte te bewaar. ” Die eerste handelsmerk van die Merchant's House en Manhattan is een van die belangrikste. Sy voortbestaan ​​is op die spel.

2. Onomkeerbaar Skade aan die Onvervangbaar Handelaar se huis uit konstruksie Is Gewaarborg - en kan wees Katastrofies

3. Konstruksie sou die handelsmuseum van die handelaar dwing om 18-24 maande lank vir die publiek te sluit, om die versameling te beskerm en die gebou te beveilig-teen 'n koste van $ 5 miljoen

4. Die ontwikkelaar het Twee Maak aansoeke vir konstruksie oop op die Dieselfde Lot

5. Die voorgestelde gebou is onvanpas vir die historiese distrik Noho
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Die Landmarks Preservation Commission het 'n verpligting teenoor die mense van New York om historiese eiendomme en distrikte in die stad te bewaar.
Die LPC se missie is om die spesiale plekke en geboue wat die merkwaardige geskiedenis en erfenis van die stad lewendig maak, te beskerm en dit vir toekomstige geslagte te bewaar. ”

The Merchant's House is 'n federale, staats- en stadsmerk. Dit was die eerste gebou wat tydens die eerste vergadering van die Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1965 aangewys is en is een van slegs 120 geboue met 'n kenmerk van binne en buite. Die kulturele en argitektoniese betekenis daarvan is onbetwis in die geskiedenis van die stad New York.

By die tientalle openbare verhore wat sedert 2012 gehou is, het nie een persoon ten gunste van die projek gepraat nie. Dit is die plig van die Landmarks Preservation Commission om NEE op hierdie voorstel te stem. Die voortbestaan ​​van die Merchant ’s House is op die spel.

Onomkeerbaar Skade aan die Onvervangbaar Handelaar se huis uit konstruksie Is Gewaarborg - en kan wees Katastrofies.
Volgens verskeie studies wat deur verskeie van die belangrikste ingenieursfirmas in die stad gedoen is, kan die bou langsaan onomkeerbare skade aanrig - moontlik katastrofies, wat 'n volledige ineenstorting veroorsaak - aan ons landmerkgebou in 1832. En ons weet uit ervaring: die museum het 'n dekades lange geskiedenis van skade aan konstruksie by aangrensende en nabygeleë eiendomme, wat die gebou soveel kwesbaarder maak.

Die museum se oorspronklike gipswerk uit 1832 is veral in gevaar - die sierelemente (wat deur kenners as die "beste oorleef" uit die tydperk beskou word), asook die gipsmure en -plafonne. Ingenieursstudies toon dat die trillings van aangrensende sloping, uitgrawing en konstruksie die brose 189-jarige gips waarskynlik sal laat verkrummel. Vibrasie kan ook veroorsaak dat die spykers wat die plafonlatte aan die raam vasmaak, "terugtrek", wat 'n katastrofiese mislukking van die plafonsteunstelsel veroorsaak.

Die nuwe voorgestelde gebou is langer en meer massief as die voorheen ingediende plan van die ontwikkelaar om 'n meerverdieping-hotel te bou. Dit sou styg tot 'n hoogte van 94 ′ 5 ″ met 'n hysbak wat nog ongeveer 20 voet byvoeg, dit strek ook dieper in die erf. As gevolg van die verhoogde hoogte en grootmaat van die beplande nuwe gebou, vorm dit 'n nog groter risikovan ineenstorting na Merchant's House.

Selfs die mees gevorderde, nuutste moniteringstelsels kan slegs die skade opspoor- daarna die skade is aangerig.

Konstruksie sou die handelsmuseum van die handelaar dwing om 18-24 maande lank vir die publiek te sluit, om die versameling te beskerm en die gebou te beveilig-teen 'n koste van $ 5 miljoen.
Die Merchant ’s House Museum is gebonde aan sy missie en die openbare vertroue om sy historiese gebou en oorspronklike versameling te bewaar en te beskerm. Selfs as die Merchant's House die opgrawing en konstruksie langsaan kon oorleef (wat nog lank nie seker is nie), sou die museum minstens 18-24 maande lank vir die publiek moes sluit.

Gegewe die ernstige bedreiging vir die stabiliteit van die boustruktuur, moet die museum stappe doen om die versameling van 3000 voorwerpe teen skade te beskerm. Om die versameling te beveilig, moet die hele versameling van die perseel verwyder word totdat die stabiliteit van die struktuur verseker is.

Met die versameling buite die terrein, kan maatreëls getref word om die gebou te beveilig en te beskerm, insluitend kritieke bouherstelwerk en die oprig van gestolde stellasies om die binneste gipsmure, plafonne en dekoratiewe elemente te beveilig en te demp. Personeel van Merchant's House sal kantoorruimte moet beveilig om museumbedrywighede te doen.

The cost to the museum of packing, moving, and storing the collection off-site stabilizing the plaster walls, ceilings, and ornamental plaster work critical pre-construction building repairs and the lost revenue due to the closure is estimated at nearly $5 million – funds the museum does not have.

The Developer Has Two Open Applications for Construction on the Same Lot.
In 2018, the developer applied for a series of special permits (“spot zoning”) in order to build the proposed eight-story hotel. In September 2018, after a seven-month public review process, the City Council voted unanimously to REJECT the developers’ application.

In January 2019, the developer filed a lawsuit to overturn the City Council’s decision. Representatives from the City, including Council Member Carlina Rivera, assured us that the City is standing behind the City Council’s decision in support of the Merchant’s House. This lawsuit is still pending, which means the developer currently has TWO open applications for construction on the same lot. The developer should not be permitted to submit a new application until the lawsuit has been settled.

The Proposed Building Is Inappropriate for the Noho Historic District
The planned building would hulk over the Merchant’s House by approximately three stories, plus a separate penthouse, causing the streetscape to lack continuity. The exorbitant height of the planned building would result in an awkward mid-block transition, disrupting the look of the historic district. In addition, the floor to ceiling heights for the planned building do not conform to either of the adjacent buildings, resulting in a degenerative hodgepodge rather than a uniform streetscape.

Please DONATE to the Legal Fund to Save the Merchant’s House!

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In the past two years alone, the Museum has spent more than $275,000 on legal fees and engineering studies. The developer’s new proposed building poses an even higher risk of catastrophic damage to the Merchant’s House.

We can’t save the Merchant’s House without your help! Please consider a donation. Any amount will make a difference.

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“If the Merchant’s House can’t be protected, no landmark is safe.
No historic district is safe. No natural resource is safe. No community or neighborhood is safe.”
Michael Hiller, land use, zoning, and preservation lawyer

“In my estimation, the Merchant’s House is without a doubt
the most important historic house in this city, and
it’s now probably the most endangered one.”
Michael Devonshire, Architectural preservationist and
Commissioner, Landmarks Preservation Commission


The Old Merchant’s House

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Forget Christmas and New Year’s – the best holiday to celebrate in New York is Halloween. The city’s famous Village Halloween Parade is highly anticipated by locals and tourists alike. This year will mark the epic event’s 42 nd anniversary. But what’s so great about the Big Apple is that you never have to wait until October 31 st to see some ghosts. By die Old Merchant’s House, anyone can encounter spirits year-round.

The Old Merchant’s House, also known as the Seabury Tredwell House, is located between Lafayette Street and the Bowery. It was built in 1832 by Joseph Brewster, a famous hat maker who ran two very successful shops on Broadway. Brewster thus could afford a home of extreme lavishness. The Old Merchant’s House is a stellar example of transitional Greek Revival architecture. Its four floors are connected by a long, wooden staircase. At its inception, all of the house’s rooms were equipped with the best, mid-19 th century furnishings. These included marbled fireplaces, mahogany beds, Grecian couches, Dutch ovens, huge gas chandeliers, even a concert piano. The house’s hallways were also magnificently decorated. They were lit by lead-glass fanlights and carpeted with geometrically-patterned rugs. Only the servants’ quarters were simply designed and less ornate.

The inside of the house is beautifully designed and furnished.

As the house passed through the Tredwell family, it underwent several changes. New portions, equipped with dumbwaiters, were added to the original structure, for instance. The third floor was also augmented to include more bedrooms. This isn’t a huge surprise since the Tredwell clan included eight children.

Today, the Old Merchant’s House operates as a museum that boasts an impressive collection of the lavish possessions of the Tredwell family. Objects range from works of art to sewing accessories, from family photographs to costumes, from unfinished quilts to greeting cards. The museum is run by The Trustees of the Old Merchant’s House of New York, Incorporated. Since acquiring the property in 1936, the organization has worked hard to keep its original splendor well intact. The Old Merchant’s House became recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1965, and then a New York City interior landmark in 1981.

Those invited to the house by the Tredwell clan experienced luxury at its finest. They would first pass through a set of double doors, which led into a gilded parlor. During the mansion’s heydays, this beautiful room hosted many weddings, social gatherings, and memorial services. Today, reenactments of traditional mid-19 th century funerals are held there every October. It “is dressed in accordance with the standards of Victorian high mourning: windows shuttered, curtains drawn, wall portraits and mirrors wrapped in black crepe.” 1 Though these funerals may be fake, the ghosts at the house certainly aren’t!

A funeral outside the house.

The second and third floors were dedicated to the house’s bedrooms. Bedrooms were painted in oyster white and many had their own fireplaces. Since the Old Merchant’s House had its own coal room (located in the basement), guests never had to worry about staying warm. The basement also included a dining room, a pantry, and two closets. It was where the Tredwells entertained guests and hosted feasts.

The house is located on East 4 th Street, and its bright red color makes it stand out from surrounding buildings. It has a slated gable roof and a small garden in its backyard. Everything about the Old Merchant’s House communicates extravagance. Thus, when Seabury Tredwell purchased the property from Brewster in 1835, it cost him $18,000 2 , a price considered to be very high at the time.

The eye-catching exterior facade of the house.

Tredwell was a successful hardware merchant from Long Island. When he and his wife, Eliza Parker, moved into the Old Merchant’s House, they had their seventh child, Sarah. Their last child, Gertrude, was born five years later. She was the last of the Tredwell’s to live in the mansion and is its most famous ghost.

Gertrude’s story is a very sad one. She became estranged from her father because he refused to let her marry a young doctor she had fallen in love with. She died a spinster, at the age of ninety-three, “in the same room in the same bed in which she had been born.” 3 Her spirit is said to still watch over the building 4 . In one instance, back in 1933, Gertrude’s ghost “came rushing out the front door” 5 to shoo away a group of children playing on the lawn. She and her dead siblings have since become well-recognized by locals. One woman claims to have had a full conversation with Samuel Tredwell, before realizing he was a ghost. No wonder the Old Merchant’s House was once dubbed “Manhattan’s most haunted house” 6 by Die New York Times.

A photograph of a young Gertrude Tredwell.

Other spooky things have been reported at the Old Merchant’s House. Visitors have seen objects move on their own in the kitchen, for instance, and smelled tobacco in Seabury’s bedroom. Ghost hunters have also picked up strong EVP readings in the servants’ quarters. The mansion’s first floor, front parlor is especially paranormally active. Phantom notes are often heard from its piano, snores from its Grecian sofa.

After Gertrude passed away, the Old Merchant’s House was acquired by a grand-nephew of the Tredwell family, named George Chapman. Before Gertrude died, she had been struggling financially and had arranged for the house to be auctioned off in order to pay off her debts. Chapman managed to step in and save the house from being sold. As its new owner, he decided to transform the building into a museum. The Merchant’s House Museum has drawn in flocks of tourists since it opened its doors on May 7, 1936. Then, after George Chapman died, the Decorators Club of New York City took over and continued to restore the property. They struggled especially in 1968 because the building became significantly ruined by water damage. An acclaimed architect from New York University, Joseph Roberto, was hired to help with all the repairs. Thanks to his advisory, the Old Merchant’s House began to slowly gain back its original opulence.

Welcome to the Old Merchant’s House, where you’ll find opulence in every room.

But it was only in recent years that the Merchant’s House Museum began to embrace is a high level of hauntedness. “We’ve found that by not ignoring [this] part of the museum, we’re able to introduce it to new audiences that may not be as interested in a historic house museum without the paranormal angle,” 7 said curator Emily Wright in July.

“It’s safe to say that each year we average roughly a half-dozen documented reports of occurrences to staff, workers, or visitors,” 8 continues Anthony Bellov, a museum board member. Indeed, strange, unexplainable things happen often at the Old Merchant’s House. Every employee has at least one spooky story to share with visitors. Andrea Janes, who once volunteered at the museum, would “get the feeling that someone was looking over her shoulder at the book she was reading. She also felt someone brush her arm and move past her while training for a tour. ‘I’ve had moments that have caught me off guard in the house [and] I’m not a particularly psychic person,’ Janes says. ‘A lot of the staff members are downright skeptical, but even they have to admit there’s something going on.’” 9

One of the bedrooms in the house.

One of the most frequently seen apparitions at the Old Merchant’s House is that of a woman wearing a brown dress, who is probably one of the Tredwells’ six daughters. A lady in a long, black gown has also been spotted at the house. But even if visitors don’t kyk the Tredwell girls, they certainly can sense them. Weird feelings, the awareness of being watched, a sudden chill – these are commonly experienced at the Old Merchant’s House.

The Merchant’s House Museum lets visitors conduct self-guided tours on the property. They do provide a useful guidebook, though. It gives an overview of the house’s history and rehashes some of its most chilling tales. So famous is the mansion’s haunting that many tourists bring ghost detecting devices with them. Kelly Conaboy of Gawker.com opted to also use “two ghost hunting iPhone applications: ‘Ghost Hunter M2’and ‘iEMF. ’” 10 Though she did not pick up much while in the garden, she got several readings when she was in Seabury’s bedroom.

In 2011, a team of ghost hunters from Sturges Paranormal investigated the house. They collected a bunch of evidence there, including a photograph of a shadowy figure 11 in a mirror. As for EVPs, they got several readings. One was recorded in Seabury’s bedroom. “The first clip you will hear John Galvin ask a question with no response. The second clip you hear the same question but you will hear what sounds like bells ringing right after John asks his question.” 12 Another was documented in the front parlor. A conversation between psychic Cathy Towle, a museum board member, and a Sturges Paranormal member is joined by a ghost “using some salty language.” 13

Sturges Paranormal captured a shadowy reflection in a mirror.

Though you can visit it year-round, October is definitely the best time to stop by the Old Merchant’s House. The museum offers “spirited” 14 events during the month. These include lectures, reenactments, and scary candlelit tours. Whether you’re a trained medium, a paranormal expert, or a ghost hunting newbie, you’ll certainly have a memorable time at the Old Merchant’s House!

Werke aangehaal

1. Beyer, Gregory. “The Funeral Looms, and Nary a Coffin in Sight.” Die New York Times. 7 October 2007. Web. 25 October 2015. Para. 1.

2. Designation List 151 LP-1244. Landmarks Preservation Commission. 22 December 1981. Web. 25 October 2015. Page 1.

3. Designation List 151 LP-1244. Landmarks Preservation Commission. 22 December 1981. Web. 25 October 2015. Page 2.

4. “Our Ghosts.” Ghosts – Merchant’s House Museum. Merchant’s House Museum, 2013. Web. 25 October 2015. Para. 1.

5. Stiffler, Scott. “My Night in a Haunted (Merchant’s) House.” Notebook – Vol. 20, No. 43. October 20-26, 2010. Downtown Express. Web. 25 October 2015. Para. 5.

6. “Our Ghosts.” Ghosts – Merchant’s House Museum. Merchant’s House Museum, 2013. Web. 25 October 2015.

7. Conaboy, Kelly. “Specter Detector: Looking for Ghosts in New York’s Most Haunted Building.” Gawker.com. 9 July 1015. Web. 25 October 2015. Para. 37.

8. Stiffler, Scott. “Haunted by Houses.” Chelsea Now. 21 October 2015. Web. 25 October 2015. Para. 7.

9. Deliso, Meredith. “The spookiest spots in NYC, according to the experts.” AM New York. 25 October 2015. Web. 25 October 2015. Para. 3.

10. Conaboy, Kelly. “Specter Detector: Looking for Ghosts in New York’s Most Haunted Building.” Gawker.com. 9 July 1015. Web. 25 October 2015. Para. 6.

11. Photos. Collected Data. Sturges Paranormal, 2008. Web. 25 October 2015. Para. 6.

12. Audio. Collected Data. Sturges Paranormal, 2008. Web. 25 October 2015. Para. 6.

13. Audio. Collected Data. Sturges Paranormal, 2008. Web. 25 October 2015. Para. 9.

14. “Spirited” October Events. Calendar – Merchant’s House Museum. Merchant’s House Museum, 2013. Web. 25 October 2015.


The Merchant's House

Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson investigates the death of a young woman linked to a missing child case on his first day after being transferred from London to Tradmouth in South Devon. Meanwhile, his friend Neil Watson finds a dead woman in an archaeological excavation. The woman died several centuries ago and it seems that she was murdered. Oddly enough seems it to be strange similarities with the two cases.

I read and loved The Death Season, book 19 in this series at the beginning of this Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson investigates the death of a young woman linked to a missing child case on his first day after being transferred from London to Tradmouth in South Devon. Meanwhile, his friend Neil Watson finds a dead woman in an archaeological excavation. The woman died several centuries ago and it seems that she was murdered. Oddly enough seems it to be strange similarities with the two cases.

I read and loved The Death Season, book 19 in this series at the beginning of this year. And, so I decided to buy the first book in the series to get to know Wesley Peterson and the rest of the characters in the book from the beginning.

The crime in this book was not as complicated as it was in The Death Season, it was easy to figure out how it all had happened. I prefer to read a story with a lot of twist in it. Reading a book and guessing correctly most of what will happen is just not that fun.

What made this story a bit better is that Wesley Peterson also has a degree in archaeology and while he and his colleagues are trying to solve the death of a young woman is he and his friend Neil who is working as an archaeology trying to find out who killed a young woman several centuries ago. I like the fact that Kate Ellis both writes about modern crime and at the same time her books with Wesley Peterson also have some archaeology in it.

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It&aposs rare for me to finish a book in just one sitting nowadays when I&aposm so busy but I managed it with this one. And now I&aposm desperate to get my hands on the next in the series!

This story is a wonderful blend of modern crime/thriller/mystery and historical conspiracy. And it works so so well.

I couldn&apost stop turning the pages, reading on. Something about this book just hooked me.

I loved that there was a historical aspect to it. This detective was more than just crime-orientated, he has outside int It's rare for me to finish a book in just one sitting nowadays when I'm so busy but I managed it with this one. And now I'm desperate to get my hands on the next in the series!

This story is a wonderful blend of modern crime/thriller/mystery and historical conspiracy. And it works so so well.

I couldn't stop turning the pages, reading on. Something about this book just hooked me.

I loved that there was a historical aspect to it. This detective was more than just crime-orientated, he has outside interests and it was a refreshing depth of character to read during my crime binge. And I loved the way his archaeological background related to the story itself and eventually led to its resolve. It made the whole story refreshing and quite addictive.

The characters are strong and I love Rachel's feminist grumbles. It adds an extra layer to her and makes her one of my favourite characters. Why should she get the tea just because she's female? . meer

I can&apost believe I didn&apost find this series sooner. It&aposs excellent! 3.5 Stars.

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First Sentence: The child flung his tricycle aside and toddled, laughing, toward the basking cat.

A university graduate in archeology and the first black police officer in Tradmouth, DS Wesley Peterson begins his first day at work with a murder. The body of a young woman has been found off a cliff path, the damage to her face rendering her unrecognizable. Wesley’s university friend, Neill, is heading a team of archeologists on the site of a 17th century merchant’s house in town when the skeleton First Sentence: The child flung his tricycle aside and toddled, laughing, toward the basking cat.

A university graduate in archeology and the first black police officer in Tradmouth, DS Wesley Peterson begins his first day at work with a murder. The body of a young woman has been found off a cliff path, the damage to her face rendering her unrecognizable. Wesley’s university friend, Neill, is heading a team of archeologists on the site of a 17th century merchant’s house in town when the skeleton of a child is found. A fellow officer is dealing with the mother of a missing toddler who is adamant her son is still alive in spite of a lack of clues. Can a clue from the past solve a crime in the present?

To find a book which is a skillful combination of archeology and police procedure is definitely in my ‘happy-reader’ zone. Ms. Ellis does just that and much more. Although the locations are fictional, I was ready to pack my back and go. Those who are familiar would know the differences, but for those who don’t the locations are visual and real.

Not only is there a nice introduction to Wesley, but to all the book’s major characters. One thing particularly refreshing is that the police officers all like one another and work as a team. There is an odd man out, but you don’t feel he’ll be there long. It’s not just the primary characters Ms. Ellis brings to life, but the secondary characters as well. I never had to question who a character was or why there were there.

It can be a tricky business, bringing together four plot lines, but it works. The information from the 17th century is provided in diary excerpts as chapter headings, while fascinating, does not intrude on the present-day investigations. The dig at the merchant’s house plays to Wesley’s background and as an escape from issues at home.

The kidnapping is being primarily investigated by another team, and the murdered girl is Wesley’s primary investigation. Yet Ms. Ellis cleverly designates Wesley as the hub which brings together the various spokes of the wheel in a way I didn’t predict until it was revealed.

“The Merchant’s House” is a very good police procedural in which the plot unfolds not by flash, but bit-by-bit, following the clues. It is filled with great characters, dialogue, humour, and a plot that kept me reading. Happily there are many more books ahead in this series.

THE MERCHANT’S HOUSE (Pol Proc-Wesley Peterson-England-Cont) – VG
Ellis, Kate – 1st in series
Piatkus, ©1998, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0749904542

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I enjoyed the parallels between a murder mystery in the past with one in the present. The author did a fine job of incorporating both worlds into the storyline without confusing the reader.

I always enjoy a good archaeology tale and this one did not disappoint. However, the subject matter was something I had no interest in so could not get emotionally involved in the story.

However, I have the next in the series waiting for me and will look forward to reading it.

Our book group had a good and thoughtful discussion of this book even though we all liked it.

This book is about a black policeman, married to a white wife, who has newly arrived to a small English town in Devon. He finds an old friend there doing a archaeological dig at a 17th century home. Wesley, the detective, is working on a case of a body of a woman whose face is unrecognizable, and is found under a bush. Two sets of bones are found in the basement home of the archaeological dig. Each chap Our book group had a good and thoughtful discussion of this book even though we all liked it.

This book is about a black policeman, married to a white wife, who has newly arrived to a small English town in Devon. He finds an old friend there doing a archaeological dig at a 17th century home. Wesley, the detective, is working on a case of a body of a woman whose face is unrecognizable, and is found under a bush. Two sets of bones are found in the basement home of the archaeological dig. Each chapter begins with a few paragraphs from the journal of the owner of the home. By the end of the novel, one discovers many similarities between these two stories, as well as the situation between Wesley and his wife. Mothers, non mothers, and children are a focus these tales.

We were pleased to know that there are many more books in this series. . meer

Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson is a new addition to the Tradmouth police force, a recent transplant from London. Before he can even settle in at his desk, the body of a young woman is found in the countryside. With no identification on her and no report of a missing person matching her description, the police have a puzzle to solve. While the murder investigation gets underway, another group of officers are investigating the kidnapping of a two year old boy from outside his family&aposs cottage. Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson is a new addition to the Tradmouth police force, a recent transplant from London. Before he can even settle in at his desk, the body of a young woman is found in the countryside. With no identification on her and no report of a missing person matching her description, the police have a puzzle to solve. While the murder investigation gets underway, another group of officers are investigating the kidnapping of a two year old boy from outside his family's cottage. Life isn't as quiet as Wesley expected.

The parallel story line to the murder investigation is a historical mystery. Wesley's friend, Neil, is working on an archaeological dig in an old merchant's house. When they get to the cellar, they find the skeleton of a baby. Kate Ellis does a good job of keeping both plot threads moving along without impacting the flow.

The Merchant's House is the first in a series of 19 books. I read a later entry in the series and decided to start back at the beginning. History combined with mystery is a good fit for me. I'm happy to have another series to explore.

This book has a whole lot of my reading catnip: British village police procedural, archaeology, race and gender issues, and a little bit of history thrown in. Sound like a lot? It&aposs deftly handled in a very good story.

Wesley Peterson has recently transferred to London to a more rural village. At the same time, his friend from University is conducting a dig in the village at the house of a once prosperous merchant family. The people at the dig discover two bodies from the 1600s, a young woman an This book has a whole lot of my reading catnip: British village police procedural, archaeology, race and gender issues, and a little bit of history thrown in. Sound like a lot? It's deftly handled in a very good story.

Wesley Peterson has recently transferred to London to a more rural village. At the same time, his friend from University is conducting a dig in the village at the house of a once prosperous merchant family. The people at the dig discover two bodies from the 1600s, a young woman and a baby buried in the cellar. At the same time, a young woman is found brutally murdered on one of the cliffs, her face completely obliterated. With a dearth of clues, the archaeologists and the detectives follow meager clues until they find their answers.

This is really well-down with a lot of parallels between the contemporary murder and the historical one. Richly written, the story is compelling and interesting. . meer

A decent if not particularly memorable police procedural
The first in a series.

Very likeable characters, good interactions between them, several threads to the story. There is the case of a woman found bashed to death, a missing toddler and an archaeological mystery.

I liked that the characters had lives outside of work with interests in hobbies.

A few minor quibbles. There are a couple of instances where the detectives seemed to take information given to them and not check it properly. Also found A decent if not particularly memorable police procedural
The first in a series.

Very likeable characters, good interactions between them, several threads to the story. There is the case of a woman found bashed to death, a missing toddler and an archaeological mystery.

I liked that the characters had lives outside of work with interests in hobbies.

A few minor quibbles. There are a couple of instances where the detectives seemed to take information given to them and not check it properly. Also found that seemingly unrelated threads all dovetailed neatly into a resolution. Just a little too neat perhaps.

These could be flaws of a first novel. That aside the book was enjoyable enough.

This is the first of the DS Wesley Peterson series - I&aposd read lots of others before finding this one! Wesley has just arrived from London to take up a post in the fictional South Devon town of Tradmouth. A West Indian, with a white wife, supply-teacher Pam, he meets with little racism - in fact it&aposs almost as if the token amount hinted at is there simply for effect, as it is quickly dismissed.

At the police station, he meets gruff DI Gerry Heffernan - who emerges from his office "like a bear waki This is the first of the DS Wesley Peterson series - I'd read lots of others before finding this one! Wesley has just arrived from London to take up a post in the fictional South Devon town of Tradmouth. A West Indian, with a white wife, supply-teacher Pam, he meets with little racism - in fact it's almost as if the token amount hinted at is there simply for effect, as it is quickly dismissed.

At the police station, he meets gruff DI Gerry Heffernan - who emerges from his office "like a bear waking up from hibernation" - with whom he will form a good relationship. The others are pretty peripheral at this point they are developed gradually. He must go to work immediately - the disfigured body of a young woman is discovered on a cliff path and other officers are busy trying to find a missing boy. Meanwhile, Wesley's old friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, has unearthed the 400-year-old skeletons of a murdered young woman and a child. Wesley has a degree in archaeology, so is fascinated by this discovery in the basement of a 17th century merchant's house, but must tear himself away and get on with the contemporary murder.

Wesley's personal life is pretty fraught, too: his wife, Pam, has been trying, unsuccessfully, to have a baby, which causes considerable tension at home.

Each chapter is prefaced by a quotation from a journal kept by the 17th century merchant, which gradually reveals a tale of forbidden lust and its drastic consequences. The plot is somewhat involved, but all the loose ends are tied up eventually. The themes of sexual obsession and thwarted, frustrated motherhood run through the novel - and the outcomes, both historical and contemporary, seem like a morality tale: "the wages of sin is death"! The journal itself is finally discovered in the home of a descendant of the original merchant, who is not really interested in his ancestor. It ends up in an exhibition at a museum.

Although I've always liked the characters in the Peterson series, I must say I find Wesley a most unusual copper. He is a university graduate, for starters, good-looking, polite, well-groomed and somewhat squeamish! It is hard to imagine him dealing with hardened villains, yet he comes from London and the Met. The others - Heffernan, DCs Rachel Tracey and the sleazy Steve Carstairs - are much more realistic, at least for me. But these are minor quibbles - I really loved The Merchant's House and will have to double-check to see if I've missed any other Peterson titles. . meer

Picked this up on a whim because it had a Tudor style building on the front cover. I&aposll try more by this author.

Set in the 1990s, it&aposs a mystery with a police detective who has just relocated from London to Tradmouth in Cornwall. He worries about settling in, in part because he&aposs black, but with a few exceptions, his fellow police officers are good people, with a couple of nicely drawn characters.

The mystery kicks off with two separate events: the kidnapping of a two year old boy, and several da Picked this up on a whim because it had a Tudor style building on the front cover. I'll try more by this author.

Set in the 1990s, it's a mystery with a police detective who has just relocated from London to Tradmouth in Cornwall. He worries about settling in, in part because he's black, but with a few exceptions, his fellow police officers are good people, with a couple of nicely drawn characters.

The mystery kicks off with two separate events: the kidnapping of a two year old boy, and several days later, the discovery of a young women, dead on a scenic walking path, with her face so damaged that she can't be identified .

There are many twists and turns in the plot (which I won't describe). In addition, each chapter starts with an extract from a 200 year old diary, detailing a very religious merchant's attraction to a new maid in the household.