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From the Chicheleys to the Bambridges the National Trust aim to provide time capsules of ownership around the Wimpole Estate. How successfully do you think they achieved this?

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Question 2: From the Chicheleys to the Bambridges the National Trust aim to provide time capsules of ownership around the Wimpole Estate. How successfully do you think they achieved this? The Wimpole Estate has had many owners over the years from the Chicheleys to the Bambridges. In 1640 Chicheley built the hall in order to show off his power and wealth. Chicheley was forced to sell the house to pay off his debts. In 1686 Lord Radnor becomes the new owner. In 1711 Wimpole passes to the Harley family. In 1740 Lord Hardwick buys the estate, the first Earl's son then became the owner in 1764. As the second Earl of Hardwick had no sons his nephew inherited Wimpole in 1790. In 1834 the fourth Earl inherited the estate from his uncle, because of both of the third Earl's sons died. In 1873 wimpole gets passed on to the fourth Earl's first son, Champagne Charlie. This name was given to him, because of his lavish lifestyle. In 1894 Champagne Charlie was forced to sell Wimpole to pay off his gambling debts. Second Lord Robartes, chairman of the Agar Robartes Bank, took the estate, the bank the fifth Earl owed money too. In 1938 George and Elsie rented the estate and two years later they bought it. When Elsie Bambridge died in 1976 she left Wimpole Hall and the estate to the National Trust. ...read more.

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Adding to that Home farm is mainly to the time of the third Earl except for an extra barn used for storage added by the National Trust and the farmhouse and dairy added by Kendall. Even with these buildings present now one can still have a good idea of the farm at the time of the third Earl. The rooms and areas of the estate done to the time of the fourth Earl, architect Kendall, are the South Front, North Front, Gallery, Entrance Hall, the South Drawing room, Red room, Inner Hall, Lord Chancellor's bedroom, Lord Chancellor's Dressing room, stable block and the Church. However the South Drawing room does have Mrs Bambridge's taste in the arrangement of furniture. The carpet in the South Drawing room is dated the twentieth century, therefore later than the time of the fourth Earl, but it is only a minor change. Carpet also dated early twentieth century in the Lord Chancellor's Dressing Room. The stable block is definitely done to the time of the fourth Earl as Kendall rebuilt it in 1852. The rooms and areas of the estate that are done to time of Mrs Bambridge are the Ante room, Library, Breakfast room, Mrs Bambridge's bedroom and Mrs Bambridge's Study. The Anteroom is done to the time of Mrs Bambridge because she redecorated it. ...read more.

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For example if the National Trust wished to make the National Trust to the time of the Third Earl they would have to knock out the far windows and by doing that damage may be conflicted on the outside wall. Also if the National Trust wanted to restore the South Drawing room to the time of Lord Harley redesign it to the way Gibbs did before Kendall remodelled it. This may cause damage on the South Front and Anteroom. How much would the National Trust damage in order to get one room to a certain time period? The National Trust has tried to achieve time capsules of ownership. In my opinion I do not think they have completely successfully achieved their target for equal time capsules. Although I do feel they have done the best they could have in order to let the general public view the history of Wimpole Hall and how it changed over the years. The National Trust have not fully achieved their target, but have gone a long way to encourage people to be interested in Wimpole's History. The National Trust had to make a decision when it came to adding attractions like play areas and animal feeding areas. Whether to keep things the same as before or modernise things in order to encourage more visitors to come to the estate. They choose to modernise, because if no one comes to visit the estate money does not come in and it would not be teaching the public about Wimpole history. ...read more.

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