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This charming merchant’s house, on the quayside in Great Yarmouth, was built around 1596 by Benjamin Cowper.
Home to merchants and prominent locals, over the years the building has seen several changes to its physical shape. Evidence of the developments made by its wealthy inhabitants can be seen throughout the building. Wood panelled rooms, richly decorated ceilings and the imposing stairway all help to tell the story of the Elizabethan House.
The house is famous for its connections with Oliver Cromwell who is said to have frequently visited his friend, John Carter, a prominent Yarmouth merchant who purchased the house from Benjamin Cowper in 1635.
The premises became a regular meeting place for Parliamentarians during the Civil War and it is here, allegedly, in November 1648 that the fate of Charles I was decided.
From 1667 some 14 different families lived in the house. In 1870, it was bought by the Aldred family and remained in their possession until the eldest daughter Mary Aldred bequeathed it to the National Trust. Her sister Blanche remained a tenant until her death in 1949.
Now the building is a museum housing antiques from the time period of the house.
What secrets will you uncover in the dark??
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- Investigating in small groups to better enhance your experience
- Tea & Coffee & biscuits – Cold drinks sold at extra cost
- FULL use of equipment on the night with guidance from our experienced investigators
- Lone vigils if you dare