Beresford House in Pound Hill

Beresford House Antiques and Museum in Pound Hill was opened in 1981. It houses the personal collection of Vernon and Margaret Smith, ‘unrepentant collectors’. It also serves home-made teas, suppers and refreshments, all available by prior booking.

There are about eighty costumes on display, dating from 1770-1942, with underwear, toys and dolls, and all the ephemera of this period. Most of the costumes would have been worn by the gentry; old workclothes are naturally hard to find, but the Smiths show ten working-men’s smocks, among them a miller’s, two woodmen’s, and a man’s wedding smock, and those of two small boys. Another treasure is a little black dress that belonged to the Duchess of Windsor. However, the high-light of the exhibition is Vernon Smith’s collection of 300 copper jelly moulds.

Next door to the Museum is Beresford House Antiques, with items for sale.

Extracted from the book “A Taste of Alresford” compiled by Sally March: the book and information was published and was accurate back in 1985.

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