In pictures: Inside the Harrogate mansion that time forgot
September 16, 2013
An internal telephone system dating from the 1920’s is seen in Pineheath house in Harrogate, England. The untouched 40-bedroom house belonged to wealthy Indian-born aristocrats Sir Dhunjibhoy Bomanji and Lady Bomanji. The yellow labels still carry the names ‘Sir Dhunjibhoy’s Dressing Room’ and ‘Lady Bomanji’s Bedroom’. All photos by Bethany Clarke / Getty Images
An antique on suite bathroom in Pineheath. The world inhabited by Sir Dhunjibhoy and Lady Bomanji has been found almost perfectly preserved in their 40-bedroom mansion in the picturesque spa town of Harrogate.
Personalised luggage. Today it is a time capsule, untouched since the death of Lady Bomanji in 1985, but with much of the interior and contents dating from the 1920s.
Sir Dhunjibhoy Bomanji was a true son of the British Raj. A Parsee shipping magnate from Bombay, knighted for his philanthropy, he was as comfortable in the countryside of his adopted Yorkshire as in his native India. MacGregor / Topical Press Agency / Hulton Archive / Getty Images)
Pre-decimalisation kitchen equipment. Still in the kitchen are sets of heavy-metal weights for scales, an antique cake-decorating set and a wall-mounted coffee grinder.
A local businessman has bought the house and plans to restore it as a family home.
Pineheath is where the Bomanjis would spend the autumn months, after a summer at their home in Windsor and before leaving to winter in Poona. Today it is a time capsule, untouched since the death of Lady Bomanji in 1985, but with much of the interior and contents dating from the 1920s.