As with many old buildings, the back is more interesting than the front. You can see from my picture below that what's now the back was originally the entrance, with a little Georgian-style pediment over the front door. (Looks like the Christmas tree has been given the boot!)
We were lucky enough to have a little panelled lounge in the entrance wing to ourselves at the strike of midnight, complete with a real fire. I took a picture of the ornate backplate (below), which is supposed to be the oldest in Cumbria - you can just about read the date 1714 if you look closely.
We also did a trip around Liverpool with the aid of a tourist guide from 1797, followed by an abortive journey to see Sambo's grave at Sunderland Point, both of which I'll blog about very soon.