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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Rainham Hall - National Trust

As I mentioned in a previous post, we got a National Trust Membership for Xmas and have set ourselves the goal of visiting at least one NT property per month. Last weekend we managed to squeeze in our February National Trust outing by visiting Rainham Hall. After a £3m restoration Rainham Hall has finally opened it's doors to the public after being acquired by the National Trust 70 years ago!!

The house, now Grade II* listed, was built by the sea captain and merchant John Harle, partly as a show home for the building supplies he imported, including Baltic pine, Honduran mahogany, Italian marble and blue Delft tiles. He began as a coal trader, but by 1729 was rich enough to build a gentleman’s house, with his imported marble flooring the entrance hall and his mahogany used for the beautifully carved staircase.

One of the things we loved about Rainham Hall was that there are no ropes, no "Do Not Touch" signs in sight, you are encouraged to open any doors and cupboards you can find, there are two "secret" doors in the main hallway that open to reveal a servants staircase and a dumbwaiter. Everything is hands on and interactive so it is great for the littluns, Logan loved getting involved with the exhibits and we'd definitely go again.

Logan getting hands on with one of the displays

view from one of the windows
 There is an amazing old church just next door that we'd love to explore next time we are in the area.

We braved the freezing February afternoon just long enough to eat our picnic then had to retreat indoors for a hot chocolate from the cafe as the kids were getting cold  

Which leads me to the end of this post, my beautiful wife. Since she is usually the one behind the lens you don't often see her in the photos afterwards, but I made sure I snapped this one because of how proud I am of her. 

This is a picture of my wife breast feeding our daughter in a busy cafe. It is the first time she has ever breastfed in public without a cover. It is not obscene, it is not wrong and it did not bother or interfere with any other person using the facility at the time. I have seen a few stories recently of breastfeeding mothers getting a hard time off people out in public, and I really think that is more a reflection on the person that takes offence. It is the most natural thing in the world and at first glance most people wouldn't have even realised it was happening. I am immensely proud of Carly for breastfeeding for almost a year now and providing our daughter with the best sustenance the world can offer her, god help anyone that makes a negative comment about it in my presence!

If you have an issue with women breastfeeding in public please feel free to never stop by this blog again :)



  1. Nice post; looks an interesting place :)


  2. Looks like a lovely house, i wouldn't know what to do with so much room haha
    I'm so very proud of Carly too :) Good on her for taking the plunge and going without a cover, we don't eat our lunch under a blanket after all ;)


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