Monday, October 13, 2014

The Great Staircase at Knole (Claire)

Today's quote is from Chapter 11 of New House at Northmead when the girls fall down the stairs at Claire. In real life, Claire is actually Knole House near Sevenoaks in Kent. The house is described as being visible from the grounds of Northmead. Nicky, Kay and Lynette are befriended by Lord Claire, who tells them that there are 365 rooms in the house, " for the days of the year, and seven courts for the days of the week and fifty-two staircases forthe weeks of the year." Knole is indeed considered to be a calendar house. The old earl also told the girls that the house is haunted by a ghost that only appears when there is a full moon. Although there are legends of ghosts at Knole, appearing only at a full moon is not one of their characteristics.