Many visitors to our House comment on the fabulous interiors. They wander from room to room and gasp at the grandeur; the architecture, the antiquities and the decorating.
Something that people often mention is the wallpaper.
We have lots of beautiful wallpaper at Charlecote and interestingly the inspiration for the pattern of the Library wallpaper comes from a painting also at Charlecote.
This painting hangs among the many portraits in our Great Hall. It shows the children of Sir Thomas III in all their finery. It is the fabric of the dresses that helped inspire the pattern of the Library wallpaper.
Take the Dining Room as another example…
The flock wallpaper in this room is pretty special.
Although known as the ‘Father of Victorian Stained Glass’ who created stained glass for many fine people and places, Thomas Willement also designed and produced wallpaper. His original paper for the Dining Room is flock on embossed gold paper. You can read a little more about this on the V&A Collections website.
Mary Elizabeth, our Victorian Mistress who remodelled the house with her husband George, also commissioned a carpet with the same pattern. It is the only one of its kind and therefore very precious.
But this pattern is not only adorning the walls (and floor) here at Charlecote. It was thought so special that it now also adorns the wrapping on the National Trust’s dark chocolate bar with stem ginger!
And please remember, this isn’t just any chocolate…
It’s fundraising chocolate.
All money raised through our retail and catering outlets directly supports the work we do. Be it repairing the drive, feeding the sheep, conserving the ceramics or fixing the buggy – it all helps! So next time you pop in and buy a chocolate bar, enjoy it knowing you’re also helping to keep our special places going.
We hope this short post has intrigued you and that you might take a few more moments to ponder the inspriation behind the rest of the decor. Ask our Room Guides for more interesting facts on your next visit.
Charlecote really is a place of surprising treasures…