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Thursday, September 24, 2020

The National Trust Guide for rioters who like to torch buildings with style

Dominic Sandbrook pours scorn on the National Trust's breast-beating booklet about some of their properties' (often very tangential) connections with colonialism and slavery (Wordsworth is bad because his brother captained a ship for the East India Company!)

Keep the NT but abolish the finger-wagging rubbish. I offer a list below for you to print out and keep, either to tick off your visits or as a hit list for arson, vandalism etc.



Remember that Great Britain abolished slavery in 1838 and then fought against it across the globe

NT’s List of Shame:

Visit checklist (“Gotta Catch ‘Em All!”):


East of England:

Anglesey Abbey

Blicking Hall

Felbrigg Hall

Hatfield Forest Shell House


Oxburgh Hall

Peckover House

Wimpole Hall


London and the South East:


Ashdown House

Basildon Park


Bodiam Castle

Carlyle’s House


Clandon Park



Greys Court

Ham House

Hatchlands Park

Hinton Ampner

Hughenden Manor


Leith Hill Tower and Countryside

Morden Hall Park

Osterley Park and House



Polesden Lacey

Sheffield Park and Garden


Sutton House

West Wycombe Park



Belton House

Berrington Hall

Calke Abbey

Charlecote Park

Coughton Court

Croft Castle

Croome Court


Hardwick Hall

Kedleston Hall



Sudbury Hall

Tattershall Castle


Northern Ireland:

Mount Stewart


North of England:

Allan Bank


Dunham Massey

Fountains Abbey

Studley Royal

Hare Hill


Nunnington Hall

Quarry Bank Mill

Rufford Old Hall

Seaton Delaval Hall

Speke Hall

Wallington Hall

Washington Old Hall

Wentworth Castle Gardens


South West:

Barrington Court

Bath Assembly Rooms

Buckland Abbey

Castle Drogo

Clevedon Court

Compton Castle



Dyrham Park

Glastonbury Tor


Kingston Lacy

Corfe Castle

Lacock Abbey



Newark Park


Sherborne Park Estate

Shute Barton

Snowshill Manor


Trengwainton Garden



wiggiatlarge said...

Ah the woke NT, this is part of their declaration.....

'Some of this is difficult stuff,' Tarnya Cooper, who has been involved in linking the properties' pasts, told the Times.

'Some of the objects are really distressing because they come from a time when slavery was very much a part of this country and we're such a different society now.'

Difficult! only for you, this was indeed a long time ago, perhaps we should start removing Roman artifacts here for the same reason, Hello Bath............

Is it a competition with these people to see who can come up with the most stupid suggestion.

Sackerson said...

Let's tackle real present-day injustices. This is displacement activity.

Sackerson said...

As I say on a Conservative Woman post about this

'My objections to this NT venture are twofold:

1. It helps fuel a diffuse sense of grievance that forges 'mind-manacles' for the minorities that should be helped to escape. I remember (from c. 1977) the horror of a secondary age girl when, after she had finished - with pleasure on her face - rehearsing a familar peroration on slavery, I told her of the active involvement of West African chiefs in the business. You can get frozen into victimhood.

2. It is a safe displacement activity for depressive liberals who want the guilt trip without having to do anything much (a bit like watching a three-hanky-box weepie at the cinema), and distracts from real issues that should be tackled today.

One of the latter is the disgracefully low standard of service from the legal system to some poor defendants, as in the case (in the USA) of Albert and Ashley Debelbot, given life sentences for the death of their newborn baby after what seems negligent defence and a completely outrageous definition of reasonable doubt by the prosecuting attorney; and then a rotten first appeal hearing. It may not be entirely irrelevant that the defendants are 'persons of colour' and were tried in Georgia. I give details and links here: https://polynesiantimes.blo...

Then there is the question of whether we are offering the right kind of education to everyone - should they all be made to have the same?; whether disadvantaged groups should have more access to capital to start businesses; and so on.'