Finchcocks

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Finchcocks was somewhere I used to visit semi-willingly with my parents as a child, but for some reason I had never come back since moving home ten years ago. Embarrassingly, I was only reminded to do so by its featuring on the hoardings of local photos on the abandoned cinema site.

I remembered the old instruments, but I’d completely forgotten the beauty of the house. It is a Georgian brick building which manages to look far bigger than it actually is from front and back by having virtually no depth whatsoever.

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Inside the rooms are quite simple but classically elegant with beautiful light from the large windows illuminating wood everywhere:

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Outside is a small and very traditional garden:

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Despite all this elegance, the real attraction is the musical instruments. The owners, Richard and Katrina Burnett have been collecting ancient keyboards- Harpsichords, Clavichords and early pianos, since 1970 and for many years have also built replicas of the same:

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They are beautiful instruments which are crying out to be touched and surprisingly they can be. Twice a day, there are free concerts by Richard Burnett and others, but even more wonderfully around the house, every keyboard seems to be being played, from my son hammering out some year 8 school music homework, to really talented amateurs dreamily lost in the chance to play such a perfect instrument:

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