Milford House Museum


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Explore the Spider Dormitory


This was a small connecting room between two bedrooms which in the time of Manor House School were called 'Robert the Bruce' and 'Florence'. The influx of girls during World War Two meant the school was very tied for space and so the connecting room was turned into a tiny two bed dormitory. This was called 'Spider' because Robert the Bruce  saw a spider escaping while imprisoned on Rathlin Island and he learned how to escape by watching it. 

It is furnished based in the inventory of Spider. The beds in the school were First World War beds from HMS Hampshire and were only four foot long. The girls wore cloaks in the grounds. Various school items belong to pupils including Mary Lester school trunk, Rosalind Hadden's letters to her parents , Anne Napeier Chavasse uniform, and pictures the famous Brewit twins from Cork are in display. 

Dining Room

Drawing Room


Chinese Bedroom

Morning Room

Spider Dormitory