Start the Virtual Tour: Great Hall
Displayed as a private dining room for the family in the 1690s. Inventories of this period show that parlours often contained bedsteads and bedding - it was not unusual to find rooms downstairs being used as bedchambers.
Things to look out for in the New Parlour
- Spice cupboard: Late 17th century oak. Spices were used extensively but were expensive and were kept under lock and key.
- Table: Oak refectory table with a variety of reproduction pottery and pewter for a family meal.
- Armed chair at the head of the table: Dates from 1670. Date and initials IP are carved into the backrest. Made entirely of oak and on loan from V & A Museum.
- Table carpet: Of Persian origin and placed on the table for protection.
- Side table: Late 17th century oak table with a selection of dishes and cutlery.
- Chairs: 17th-century oak
- Portraits: It was fashionable in the late 17th century to hang portraits of important people in the dining room, probably to impress visitors. The three portraits in this room are: Charles II, Sir Thomas Fairfax and William Cavendish.