The Red Lodge, Bristol

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The Red Lodge is an old house run as a museum by Bristol City Council. Built in 1580 as the lodge for a large grand house, which is long gone, it was altered around 1730, and restored in the early 20th century. It’s been used as a private residence during the Elizabethan and Georgian periods and also as a reform school for girls during the 19th Century.

Like the Georgian House Museum, entry is free. Information is sparse and there wasn’t a guidebook. But visitors are given a laminated information sheet and the room stewards were very friendly and helpful; when asked they were very keen to tell the story of the house and point out interesting features

A number of rooms are open to the public. The first floor rooms are decorated and furnished in Elizabethan style. The centrepiece is the Great Oak Room  with it’s dark, carved oak panelling, an ornate plasterwork ceiling and carved stone chimneypiece.

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The oak panelling is decorated with intricate carvings with figures and other objects from the New World, representing the source of the owner’s wealth.

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The panelling in the bedroom, which features an ornate oak four poster bed, is much less intricate.

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The Elizabethan theme continues outside where a Tudor-style knot garden filled with flowers and shrubs of the period has also been created.

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It’s best viewed through the windows on the first floor

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The ground floor rooms are decorated in Georgian style. They weren’t as interesting as the Elizabethan style rooms, but still worth a look.

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The house is quite small and doesn’t take too long to look round, but it was definitely worth a visit.

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