The Museum Room and the Bedrooms can be reached by a long oak staircase from the ground floor. The former contains a page’s costume worn by Charles Bagot at the Coronation of George IV and a case containing fascinating artefacts with many items relating to Napoleon and Wellington which were given by the Duke to his favourite niece, Lady Mary Wellesley, who married Sir Charles Bagot. These items include a clasp of interlocking bees removed from Napoleon’s coach after the Battle of Waterloo.
On display are watercolours of Levens Gardens and Park by H M Gaskell (Hal Bagot’s grandfather) and Peter de Wint, who came to Levens to teach Mary Howard to paint.
The Park, Peter de Wint
The Redman bedroom contains an early eighteenth-century Portuguese four-poster bed as well eighteenth century furniture made by the famous cabinet makers, Gillows of Lancaster.
In the Bellingham Room, just off the Museum Room, there is a portrait of Mary Howard as a young woman painted in about 1840 by John Partridge. Above the bed there is a copy portrait of Alan Bellingham by the contemporary Russian artist Vladimir Presnyakov.
The small bedroom opposite the Bellingham Room contains the Duke of Wellington’s campaign bed. The adjoining room contains a quilt given by the Levens Quilters to mark the Tercentenary of the garden at Levens in 1994 as well as a model of HMS Hotspur which was presented to Admiral Josceline Percy in 1827. On the walls above the bed there is a small display of drawings made by Edward Burne-Jones, a close friend of Hal Bagot’s grandmother.