Grossman and Brough Houses open secrets
MEGA BLADE: Alan Todd from Grossman house with the knife that will be on display. Picture: Jonathan CarrollUTENSILS of days gone by will be on show when two of Maitland’s most historic homes open up on Sunday.
Grossmann House and Brough House are identical in design and were built in 1870 for business partners Isaac Beckett and Samuel Owen.
The houses open each year to give people an opportunity to slip into the realm of the late 1800s and discover the elements of daily life.
Grossmann House has been completely restored and the furniture in each room complements the time period, while Brough House has had a few changes made to it over the years.
“People can walk through Grossmann House and then go through Brough House and compare each room between the two houses,” Friends of Grossmann House member Alan Todd said.
“The houses have been here for so long and a lot of people in the region haven’t seen them, so an open day is a good opportunity for them to do that.”
This year’s theme is “big things” from the bygone era and Mr Todd said a range of interesting items would be on display.
“Take the big knife, it’s 163 years old, over a metre long when it is closed and it weighs more than 20 kilograms,” Mr Todd said.
“It was made for the great exhibition in the Crystal Palace in London in 1851.
“We have a large razor that is 1.2metres long, a big axe, spanner, dinner set and many other interesting things.
“Could you imagine shaving with a razor that was more than one metre long? It really is quite a sight.”
Other items from the 1851 exhibition will also be on show.
The open day is between 10am and 4pm, and the houses are located on Church Street, Maitland.