NOSTALGIA: Pallant House provides backdrop for schoolchildren

Schoolchildren take part in Georgian actitivites outside Pallant House
Schoolchildren take part in Georgian actitivites outside Pallant House

This 1989 picture shows a group of children from the Chichester Central Junior School channelling the fashions from two hundred years previously for their school project.

Schoolgirls wearing long lace frocks and boys in powdered wigs mingled with shoppers in Chichester city centre on route by sedan chair to Pallant House.

The pupils demonstrated a number of Georgian activities and past-times with Pallant House as their backdrop during the Chichester festivities.

Activities included tapestry work, recorder player, poetry readering, flute playing, story-telling, singing, drawing, sewing, scientific experiments of Georgian times, and games in the garden. The children also dressed up in Victorian costumes to take part in activities in the kitchen.

Mrs Marion Tite, a teacher at the school, said: “We hope as many people as possible will come along to take a look at what the children are doing. We hope the activties will give an extra atmosphere to the building”.

The pupils had also performed the play “Watch the Wall My Darlin”, written by Mrs Tite and set in the 18th century.

The costumes worn in the play were reused during the activties at Pallant House. They were made by two mothers, Mrs Jean Nicholls and Mrs Charmiene Horn, with help from other parents and the friends of Pallant House.

A suitable setting for the Georgian activties, Pallant House was built in 1712 as a residence for Henry and Elizabeth Peckham, and was the first building of its kind in Chichester. Local stone mason Henry Smart worked on the house. It is built in the Classical revival style, reflected in the symmetry of the façade and the elaborate Corinthian columns flanking the imposing doorway.

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