The room is arranged to suggest a christening celebration to mark the baptism of a former resident of Strangers’ Hall, William Bosely, on 1 March 1796. You can see a doll representing William in the oak cradle, wearing infant linens replicated from superb examples in the Norfolk Museums Service collections. The cradle is mounted on wooden rockers and features a hood to protect the baby from draughts. The turned wood knobs were used both to rock the cradle and to wind wool. Traditionally, the cradle was set near to a fire so that the light from the hearth would reveal anything wicked approaching the child. It was also common for a piece of iron or some salt to be hidden in the cradle to ward off evil spirits!
The table is set with replica delftware, a posset pot, glasses and sweetmeats for the anticipated guests. The hand-woven curtains replicate a Norwich-made worsted damask pattern of the 1690s. Make sure to keep an eye out for the wonderful mid 17th century beaded layette basket on display in a recess on the staircase.