“The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make” William Morris
A year after William Morris wrote those (very good) words the Pennant family bought this bed and all sorts of fabrics and wallpaper for the Prince of Wales visit.
In that one splurge, the family spent £845 with Morris & co.
As the room information at the castle says:
Compare this with the £10 a year M A Williams 5th laundry maid earned and you get an idea of how extravagant this was.
He would have been 182 today. Happy Birthday old bean.