The King Family
Witness the splendor of how the King family lived in our period rooms and see how this magnificent house was constructed. Hear the tales of the Georgian stonemason as he reveals how he worked with stone, as well as the modern carpenter charged with restoring the house. Learn of the fire at the King family’s nearby estate, Rockingham, which severed the family’s 350-year link with the Boyle area.
Due to the many fires suffered by the King family the designer of King House remains a mystery. It may have been designed by Edward Lovett Pearce or, perhaps, by his assistant William Halfpenny, widely respected architects of the time. It is built symmetrically on 4 floors in a U-shape but it is almost certain it would have been rectangular upon completion of the grand entrance. Evidence (such as sealed doorways) exists that the house was intended to be expanded at a later stage, though this never took place. The big blue door you entered would at one time have been the rear entrance (used by servants).
See the dining places are set for dinner. Look at the menu on the table and see the strange and exotic foods enjoyed by the Georgian nobility – much different to today!. When the King family departed, this room served as the gymnasium of the barracks. Look closely at the fireplace. Some of the Connaught Rangers have craved their names into the stonework. The furniture behind the cordon is original and was once owned and used by the King family. Note the King family crest on the chairs. The dress in the corner was made for Countess Kingston to be worn at the Coronation of Edward VIII in 1936. Edward’s abdication, however, meant that the dress was never worn.