Keeping a Georgian Christmas

Come and unlock the splendour within the finest Georgian town house in England. A classical architectural masterpiece of its age, Fairfax House was originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. Its richly decorated interior was designed by York’s most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr. Extensively adapted in the twentieth century as a cinema and dance hall, Fairfax House was saved from decay and returned to its former glory by York Civic Trust in 1982-84.

Today, Fairfax House once more transports you to the splendour of city-living in Georgian York, the centre of polite society. The superb Noel Terry collection of furniture, clocks, paintings and decorative arts, described by Christie’s as one of the finest private collections of the twentieth century, perfectly complements the house, bringing it to life and creating a special lived-in feeling. Step inside to feel the warmth and splendor enjoyed by the highest echelons of Georgian and Regency society– imagine yourself at home with the Darcy’s, the Bingleys and the Elliots.

The current  exhibition, The Keeping of Christmas (November-December 31, 2011) being held at Fairfax House. provides a wonderful view of Christmas decorating and celebrating as it would have appeared in the time of Jane Austen. With such an array of holiday finery to behold, everywhere from the main rooms and halls down to the kitchen, it’s definitely worth a peek inside. Here are a few of the scenes you’ll find:

The Exterior of Fairfaix House, York

 

The Breakfast Room at Fairfax house, prepared for a morning meal.

 

The Dining room of Fairfax House, ready for christmas Dinner

 

A view of the main staircase at Fairfax House

 

A view down the Great Staircase (for there are several!)

 

 

The kitchen staff prepares Christmas dinner at Fairfax House

 

The kitchen at Fairfax House as the staff prepares for dinner.

 

Another view of the Fairfax House kitchen (note how the windows look out on the street)

For more information on Georgian holiday decorating as it pertains to Fairfax House, visit Austenonly.

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