A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of being taken to Dennis Severs House, 18 Folgate Street, in Spitalfields, one of my favourite areas of London, to see their Christmas installation. I returned a few months later armed with my camera and pen and wrote a piece about it, (see bottom of post).
Last week, I had the pleasure of returning once more with my camera, this time to specifically capture Christmas. Starting in my favourite room, the kitchen; the fireplace was roaring, ginger bread men were strung above and smells of cinnamon and freshly baked bread tickled my senses.
As I tip-toed around the kitchen – one always treads lightly in Dennis Severs House, it seems the right thing to do, as the floor-boards creak beneath – I captured what would soon become the makings of a sumptuous Christmas feast.
And hoped that perhaps I’d get the chance to sample one of these delicious looking mince pies…….
And marvelled at the splendid jellies, pies and spiced Christmas cake, nestled amongst the delicate crockery…
As I crept into the parlour, I could see hints of two great events, the one that just appeared to have happened (a great party the night before, perhaps?) and the one that would surely soon occur….
And though I would not be an attendee at either party, I did get to sit for a moment and take in this extravagantly decorated room and imagine myself as part of it all, a rather wonderful 18th century Christmas celebration. Perhaps one of the presents is for me, after all?
Dennis Severs House at 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, is open year round, but their Christmas display is on now until the 6th of January, giving you just three weeks left to step back into the 18th Century. For more information, please visit their website: www.dennissevershouse.co.uk
Here is the blog post I wrote last time: www.susannahfields.co.uk/an-exploration-of-dennis-severs-house-an-historic-home-in-londons-spitalfields/