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The Withdrawing Room

The Withdrawing Room was the Cooke family's Drawing Room when they lived here in the Victorian period. This room and the Breakfast Parlour were originally built almost 400 years ago, by John Ferrers, who was preparing for a visit by King James I. This new wing was completed in 1619 ready for the king's first visit, only the stone fire place survives from this period.

The frieze of 55 coats of arms record the Ferrers and Townshend families. The three panels over the fireplace show the descent of James I and Sir John Ferrers from David I of Scotland. The present interpretation as a Victorian drawing-room is based on two photographs taken during the Cooke family's tenancy.