Earlier this year I paid my first visit to 18 Stafford Terrace, the home of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne and his wife Marion from 1875 to 1910 (you can read about that visit by clicking here), and I fell in love with the house immediately. Largely untouched by the passage of time, it is a wondrous place to visit if you have a fascination for interior decoration of the nineteenth century; it is the closest any of us is ever going to get to actually going back in time and visiting the Victorians in their homes. You might recognise the interior if you've ever seen Merchant Ivory's A Room with a View, as the house served as the set for the ‘well appointed home’ of Cecil Vyse.
The house is open from mid-September to mid-June and daytime tours take place on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. However, on the 11th and 12th of December this year, 18th Stafford Terrace opened its doors to visitors after dark for an evening of Victorian drama, mulled wine and mince pies. Ryoma and I visited on the 12th. It's a wonderful place to visit in daylight; it is truly magical after dark.
I was fortunate in being given permission to view the house without a tour party and to take photographs of all the rooms. So, in the interest of inspiring you to visit 18 Stafford Terrace after dark, the next time a twilight event is held, I thought I'd share a few of those photographs with you.