Deep in the English countryside, a team of volunteers are busy exploring the nooks and crannies of a manor house that’s stood for centuries. Then, beneath the floorboards of a dusty attic room, something wonderful comes to light: a perfectly preserved glimpse into life in the 17th century.
And the story of the property dates back to 1445, when construction began on a manor house in Sevenoaks, England. Then, around 11 years later, the Archbishops of Canterbury took over and transformed the home into a fine medieval-style palace – the first of many developments that would see the building grow into the impressive estate that it is today.
Known as Knole, the great house has stood throughout some of the most tumultuous periods in English history. And since the beginning of the 17th century, the manor has been in the hands of the influential Sackville family. Eager to display their wealth, the Sackvilles added grand showrooms to the building over the years.