All three letters were written on rag paper, a high quality parchment popular during the seventeenth century.The 1633 letter is an appeal for domestic items to be sent to Copt Hall in Essex from a house in London, giving an intriguing insight into life in a country house 400 years ago.From landscape painting to stained glass and perfume making, it is the perfect opportunity to try a new hobby or develop your skills.If you are interested in volunteering at Knole, come along to a free coffee morning to find out more and meet our friendly team.Three letters dating back to the seventeenth century have been discovered under the floorboards at a Sevenoaks attraction.The rare find included two pieces of correspondence, dated May 1603 and October 1633, in an attic at Knole House's South Barracks, and a third, from February 1622, among the debris in a ceiling void by the Upper King’s Room.Jan Cutajar, objects conservator, said: The biggest challenge was the significance of the letters.I was conscious the work had to be of the highest quality.
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Trunks filled with papers were stored in the attic after the move, explaining how some may have slipped beneath the floorboards.
The connection between Knole and Copt Hall came about by the marriage between Frances Cranfield, daughter of the Earl of Middlesex who owned Copt Hall, to Richard Sackville the 5The collection at Copt Hall was moved to Knole during the early eighteenth century and forms a substantial part of collection now in the showrooms.