Dining room


This room was painted with vertical stripes in bands 14" wide over a dark green background spaced equally around the room from floor to ceiling and covering even the doors. The design, dating from 1665 but hidden for centuries and not re-discovered until 1991, is believed to be unique in this country. It was probably inspired by silk wall-hangings imported by Thomas Bayly from the Netherlands. The room will be furnished according to the surviving probate inventory of 1690. This inventory lists "12 Turkeywoorke Chairs", a type of chair now very rare but then produced in great quantities eg in 1672, 60,000 were made in London alone. The Trust has had twelve replica chairs made for this room which are being covered in turkeywork material (a loose recollection of Anatolian carpets made by using a knotting technique on a course linen ground) by a team of the Trust's volunteers. On occasion you may see this work being done.

Dining room before restoration
Dining room before restoration

Dining room after restoration
Dining room after restoration