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Great Parlour

This would have been the most important room in the house and furnished with the best pieces. By the late 17th century, parlours and dining rooms were the preferred rooms for entertaining guests and dining in private. 

Things to look out for in the Great Parlour

  • Day bed: a 17th-century version of the settee. Could be used to seat several people or one person lounging. Could also serve as a bed if needed. This is a 19th-century reproduction
  • Dining Chairs: The set of four late 17th-century chairs have been re-caned and re-upholstered.
  • Gateleg Table: A sophisticated piece of furniture. Gate-leg tables began to replace long tables from the Civil War onwards. This is a late 17th-century piece and is made from oak, elm and walnut.
  • Panelling: Oak panelling decorated with painting technique (known as scumbling) to resemble walnut. Probably dates from 1690s and uses a linseed oil-based paint to achieve three-dimensional effect. The panelling is an unusual feature and shows the family had some wealth and status in the local area. Certain panels have been restored.
  • Chest of Drawers: Late 17th century piece with walnut veneer on loan from V & A Museum.
  • Glass Case: Late 17th century glass cupboard made of oak. Carved silhouette baluster panels on the front to show off expensive glass kept inside.
  • Ceiling: Once a magnificent plaster ceiling, thought to have been made by local plasterer, Francis Lee, and destroyed when a chimney collapsed during a storm in 1883. Fragments remain and some are on display in the Buttery. The design incorporated the Batt Coat of Arms.

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