January 29, 2010
We went to number 29 Merrion Square. It is an old georgian house renovated by the ESB. We watched a dvd about the Beatie family who first lived in the house. We were split up into 3 groups. We started in the basement where three servants worked a housekeeper, a butler and a maid. The housekeeper had the keys to most of the rooms. In the pantry there was a high shelf attached to the ceiling so that rats and servants did not steal food. The housekeeper was the only servant who lived in the house. The others went home at night. The ground floor of the house had a petticoat mirror and a whiskey rail. We went into a dining room. They ate there meals there. They had 22 courses. Their favourite desserts was jelly. It took 2-3 days to make it. There was a round mirror for summoning the servants when needed. On the second floor there was a visitors room and a family room where the family spent their evenings. The women wore make-up made from the wax of candles, so they had to put a screen in front of their faces to stop the fire from melting their make-up. All the young ladies had to play an instrument the most popular instrument was the piano forte. On the 3rd floor was the mistresses room or the boudoir. This is where she got dressed and spent most of her day. She didn’t sleep there. She sleeps in the bedroom with her husband. The bedroom is on the 3rd floor as well. They have a big four poster bed. It was’nt very long though. The reason for that was because they thought if you laid down you died. A joining the bedroom was a room for the man to wash, dress and shave. It was also used to keep shoes. The port-au-potte was a toilet. They only took two baths a year. On the 4th floor there was a nursery. The nursery was where the children played, slept and ate. The girls and boys both wore dresses and grew their hair long. They had a dolls house and collected small furniture for it. The governess had a room to herself. The governess took care of the children and taught them. There are 88 stairs in the whole house. When the tour was over we went down to the giftshop. It was a very nice place to visit and we learned alot.