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Speke Hall turns back the clock to celebrate Christmas in a Victorian style

PUBLISHED: 00:00 01 December 2014 | UPDATED: 18:15 02 November 2015

Speke Hall Christmas; The Great Hall with staff members in Victorian costume Dave Pope (butler) and Michele Brennan (maid) by the tree

Speke Hall Christmas; The Great Hall with staff members in Victorian costume Dave Pope (butler) and Michele Brennan (maid) by the tree

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There’s a clear Upstairs, Downstairs divide in the festive decorations at Speke Hall.

Speke Hall Christmas; The Oak ParlourSpeke Hall Christmas; The Oak Parlour

The huge tree in the Great Hall and the luxurious garlands in the other rooms create a warm, homely Christmas atmosphere which contrasts with the sparse paper chains of the servants’ quarters.

‘The house is decorated as it would have been in the Victorian times,’ said visitor experience manager Laura McAllister. ‘The head gardener collected the greenery from the grounds and the staff and volunteers have all been involved in making the gorgeous garlands and the paper chains for the servants’ quarters.

‘There is a special atmosphere around the hall at Christmas. In Victorian times Speke Hall was at the centre of the local community and that’s how we try to be today as well. There are events happening throughout December and we pride ourselves on the local specialities in the restaurant.’

Christmas will be Laura’s final involvement at Speke Hall before she returns to Hampton Court after a five month secondment in Liverpool. ‘It’s been brilliant,’ she added. ‘I couldn’t say no to coming here and working with such amazing properties as Speke Hall and the Beatles’ houses. I have loved it here.’

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