We have found lots of detailed information contained within the Bankes Archive. Please see below for some of the stories we have uncovered so far. New information will be added as we continue to discover details within the Bankes Archive.

Smallpox and the Bankes

Frances Bankes (1760-1823), mistress of Kingston Lacy and mother to six children, took her family’s health seriously. In her meticulous medical notebook, she left a fascinating account of a procedure that still causes controversy today – inoculation.

A Summer Bankes Holiday

The ‘typical’ British holiday has evolved over the centuries, from year-long ‘Grand Tours’ undertaken by the upper classes in the 18th and 19th centuries, to the beach huts and promenades of the Victorians, to the budget European breaks of the 21st Century.

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