Updated: Apr 4, 2021
There is a rumour that at some point in the mid 1980s a child fell through the centre panel of our skylight. It is as far as we can tell, true, but often raises a question. How did the child get into the attic?
It's actually super easy, from the servants wing, which at the time was the caretakers quarters there's a door and a staircase directly into the attic. The skylight blocks access into the main part of the attics so to solve this they built shutters to cover over the sides of the skylight and form bridges.
It's not a great distance between the two sides and I can totally see how the game of jumping between the two would appeal to young boys. But the roof slopes sharply and I can also see how it would be easy to bump your head and be knocked back