It’s September 1928 and Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan has inherited Wallington. He moves in with his wife Lady Molly and their six children, aged between 8 and 22. Sir Charles’ father, Sir George Otto Trevelyan, died aged 90 in August 1928 and left the house badly neglected and the whole estate run down.
On their first day as the new owners, the family gathers in the Central Hall to shout as loudly as they can to wake up the house, and inhabit the 13-bedroom mansion. Moving In: A House Reawakens is a story of how the Trevelyans begin to turn a rather cold and sombre house into a family home, before the National Trust took over it.