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The Red Lodge 
Follow us _on TwitterWhat secrets lie behind the bright red door? Step inside the TARDIS and experience more than 400 years of history in the museum where you feel you have left the modern world behind. From ‘royal party house’ of the 16th Century to Victorian reform school for girls, see how the lodge has changed over time.

The Original Lodge
The Original Lodge is made up of three rooms which show the lodge as it originally was in 1580.

You’ll find a grand Elizabethan four-poster bed, wood panelling and sturdy oak furniture. There’s also a painting which might just be the earliest portrait of a slave in the UK.

These rooms, including The Great Oak Room, are three of the oldest rooms in Bristol. Make sure you look up at the ceilings – some of the designs inspired the Knot Garden you’ll see through the window.
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The Great Oak Room
Come and see the last complete Elizabethan room in Bristol.

It took two whole years to put the Great Oak Room together! From 1578 to 1580 the top craftsmen of the day carved the oak, sculpted the stone and moulded the ceiling.

John Young, a merchant who had the lodge built, wanted to use the room to show off to other merchants so decorated it with exotic motifs of the age.

The room is displayed as it would have appeared in the 16th century, with oak furniture and beautiful portraits.
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The Family Home
In the 1730s the Henley family doubled the size of the lodge with a three storey extension.

This is when the beautiful big staircase was added, as well as what we now call the New Oak Room, the Print Room and the Mary Carpenter Room.

During this time the ground floor of The Original Lodge was completely remodelled to be the height of Georgian fashion. Luckily (well, we think so!) they left The Great Oak Room as it was.
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The Victorian School
The lodge became a school in 1854 when Mary Carpenter and Lady Byron transformed it from doctors’ flats.

It was established as the first ever girls’ reform school – before this the Victorians had thought that girls didn’t need reforming!

Today you’ll see a workbook from the school, Mary Carpenter’s piano and an early 20th century photo of schoolgirls cross-stitching in front of The Great Oak Room fire.

Make sure you take a trip to Bristol Archives to read the revelations in Mary Carpenter’s diary – she came across a human foot when first looking around the lodge!
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The Knot Garden
The Red Lodge was built in the gardens and orchards of the Great House – now the site of Colston Hall. The gardens would have sloped downhill towards the big house.

A view of the knot garden from aboveFollowing a restoration in the 1980’s, the garden was redesigned to suggest how it might have looked when the house was built. Wooden fencing or trellis made to a 17th century design encloses the garden which is laid out with low hedges in an Elizabethan knot garden pattern.

The design was taken from the plasterwork on the ceiling of the master bedroom, which also offers a great view of the garden itself.

When visiting the Red Lodge, you will enter the house from the knot garden, seeing it as party guests at the Lodge would have arrived 400 years ago.

Opening times for Spring - Winter 2019
1 April 2019 — 31 December 2019

Monday 11am–4pm
Tuesday 11am–4pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 11am–4pm
Sunday 11am–4pm
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