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The design was long and thin, only one room thick in the central block, so that the house looks larger from the outside than it really is. The effect is enhanced by a grandiose central portico and Baroque facade. Despite the external grandeur, the original house boasts but 20 rooms, fairly small in the country house scheme of things.
But it is not the Georgian furnishings that will draw visitors, it is the collection of historic musical instruments for which Finchcocks is famous. There are over 100 keyboard instruments, 40 of them are in full working order. Included are pianos, harpsichords, clavichords, organs, and oddities such as an 1870 'digitorium', a crystallophone, barrel organ, and music boxes. One of the more unusual pieces is a lyre piano, which is exactly what it sounds like - a combination lyre and keyboard. Staff are on hand to give demonstrations.
Aside from the keyboards, Finchcocks has an exhaustive collection of prints depicting London pleasure gardens during the 18th century.
Aside from regular open days, there is an ongoing programme of daytime and evening concerts throughout the year.
NOTE: Finchcocks is now closed.
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Address: Goudhurst, Kent, England, TN17 1HH
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: 2 miles west of Goudhurst, 1 mile south of the A262
OS: TQ701 366
Photo Credit: Oast House Archive, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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