Monday, 21 May 2012

Gainsborough Old Hall interiors (part 2)

 So here are the final few photos from Gainsborough Old Hall. Above is the original medieval louvre from the kitchen roof.  Much more elegant than the Victorian replacement, I think.
 A closer look at the medieval craftsmanship.
 In the Tower Bedroom, there was a Tudor dress, based on the ones Catherine Howard may have worn at the time.  It was beautiful, with the shining fabric and trimmings.  The figure was quite small though, only about 5 ft 1 or 2 inches at the most.  Catherine Howard would have only been about 19 when she visited (and Henry VIII was in his 50s!)
 The Tudor Bedroom was relatively cosy, with the most lovely embroidery on the bed curtains.
 I couldn't resist a close-up.
Finally, the rather elegant twisted balusters on the staircase. 
It was a fascinating visit and I heartily recommend a trip there.  The cafe was lovely too - proper ceramic teapots and milk jugs (£2.00 for a pot for two), which is always a good thing in my book.

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