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Mrs Ainsworth's Room

This room was also originally part of the extension added by Robert Barton in the 16th century.

The furnishings are significantly softer and lighter than in Colonel Ainsworth’s room and there are signs of the preoccupations and pastimes deemed suitable for Victorian ladies.  It was here that the Colonel’s wife Isabella would have spent a great deal of her leisure time.

Isabella was a great lover of children and animals, and by all accounts an enthusiastic evangelist.  She made a point of recruiting local orphan girls into domestic service at Smithills and took a personal involvement in their religious upbringing. She also ran a Sunday school and bible class for local children at Smithills Hall.