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Mr Monkey visits Todmorden Mills

"They have a lot of things here, you know"

Mr Monkey in the Helliwell drawing room Mr Monkey in a Helliwell bedroom

William Helliwell proposed to his eventual wife Elizabeth seven times before she said yes, then married her sister when she died, which wasn't actually legal. Seventeen children were born in this house, which has many period luxuries. They've even got a piano, which would have been tuned by a wandering piano tuner, as there weren't enough pianos for a tuner to settle in one place. And upstairs they have a bed with high ends that you turn around, depending on the season.

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