Household Inventories of Helmingham Hall, 1597-1741

A rare sequence of household inventories from a house occupied continuously by the Tollemache family since they built it c.1510. The four inventories, dated 1597, 1626, 1708 and 1741, cover the period when the family rose from gentry status to earldom and these listings of household possessions reflect this vividly. They itemise over 4,500 items, room by room, and are rich with evidence of dimensions and design, fabric and textile, construction and colour, recycling and upcycling.

A Glossary of Household Goods forms a substantial addition to the volume, of relevance to anyone with an interest in the life and furnishing of country houses from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

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For over sixty years, the Society has been committed to producing books that bring Suffolk’s rich historical literature to a wider audience. Covering a period of 700 years these volumes of letters, diaries, maps, accounts and other archives have made a major contribution to historical studies of the county and are a useful tool for both professional and amateur historians, as well as being a source of information for anyone interested in Suffolk’s history.

Every year, the Suffolk Records Society produces at least one new book throwing light on some fresh aspect of the county’s history. There are two series of volumes, the General Series, for which we publish a regular annual volume, and the Charters Series, for which we publish occasional volumes of Suffolk charters and cartularies.

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