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Life at historic Great Potheridge on show for visitors

By This is NorthDevon  |  Posted: May 21, 2009

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VISITORS to Great Potheridge House near Merton, Torrington, had the chance to experience life in the 17th Century.

The Grade One listed property, which is the ancestral home of General George Monck, hosted a free open day as part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of the birth of the famous 'son of Merton'.

Traditionally-dressed hosts gave demonstrations in cooking, musketry and rope making.

Philip Collins, chairman of the Monck 400 committee, added: "Despite variable weather the sun shone much of the time allowing visitors to relax and imbibe the sights and smells of the 17th Century."

General Monck served both Cromwell and the Royalists at different times in the Civil War.

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