Gawthorpe Hall-The Dining Room

Know since 1816 as the Dining Room, this was originally the great hall, with its high table at one end and minstrels’ gallery at the other. The date 1605 is inlaid over the doorways in the screen, with the initials of Hugh Shuttleworth and his three sons, Richard, Lawrence and Thomas. In 1851, Barry renewed some lower sections of the screen and added sideboards to support the gallery. The most dramatic addition of 1851 is Barry’s carved stone chimneypiece, emblazoned with the armorials of Sir James Kay-Shuttleworth and various ancestors. The cast-iron fire grate and andirons are of c.1850, with tiles of c.1880. In 1852, the ceiling was replastered in an enriched version of the 1605 plasterwork, and the upper walls were hung with red flock wallpaper of a Puginesque pattern called ‘The Rutland’. The flock paper has not survived; but 1987 a distempered reprint was made from the original blocks. This now forms the background to some mid-17th-century portraits from the National Portrait Gallery. The curtains and pelmets, reconstructed in 1987 from surviving pieces of the original material, are of a wool and silk brocade known as ‘Gothic tapestry’, supplied by J.G. Crace in the 1850s. It is a Pugin design, dating from 1844 and later adapted for use as a wallpaper for the Queen’s Robing Room at Westminster. Most of the furniture is shown in watercolour of this room dated 1884. The oak extending dining-table was made by Gillow’s of Lancaster, c.1881, and the set of dining-chairs is possibly by the same maker; the smaller chairs were copied from the two larger ones which are 17th-century. They have been reupholstered in a new stamped velvet which relates closely to surviving fragments of the old. The long trestle table of Renaissance style was supplied by Crace in 1852. The bronze and ormolu six-branch colza-oil lamp is one of the Regency fittings installed by Robert Shutttleworth (1784-1818). It was made by James Deville (d.1846) and is dated 1817. The carpet is a mid-19th-century Feraghan.

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