The National Trust now hold Dunham Massey, bequeathed to them by the last heir with a will so strict that every single item in the house had to be kept as part of the gift, which means they are still discovering and cataloguing things of all kinds.
His car is still in the garage and the bedrooms (behind doors marked private) are filled with furniture items protected by covers lovingly made by the villagers at the time, because they were fond of Sir Roger and wanted to show their appreciation that
the old hall would be kept safe. It has an interesting history, where a former heir married a gypsy girl but she was not accepted by the people of the day and so they lived elsewhere, the hall untenanted for over fifty years, only coming back into family
use in 1905, when it was last decorated. There are currently exhibits commemorating the former women of the house; the ladies, the housekeeper and the head nurse all working together (for they offered it as a hospital for first World War wounded and many tender
letters of appreciation are in the collection). Sir Roger, the last heir, who remained single, spent a lot of time in his later years, we were told, in the butler's pantry with his driver (his only member of staff by then), sipping whisky, finding some
company and and no doubt keeping warm in the only really comfortable room available to them by then.