Reblogged : ‘Tudor splendour’ by Stitches of Time

We love to read about your experiences of visiting Charlecote. You all have many different reasons for wanting to see our special place and often take a variety of things from your visit.

Here is a blog post from Stitches of Time. As you may guess from the name, this blogger has an interest in stitching, sewing, knitting and historical embroidery…

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…I love Tudor buildings with the red stone and the twisted chimneys and this had a beautiful setting as well. It was brilliant to see so many families enjoying the place, it was the school holidays and there was a teddy bear’s picnic on the lawn. Lots of future National Trust members hopefully who will bring their own children and help care for these places forever.

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Inspiring interiors! Charlecote’s wallpaper and the chocolate bar

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.

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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.

Detail of brown and gold wallpaper in the Library at Charlecote

Detail of brown and gold wallpaper in the Library at Charlecote

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Sharing Sonnets at Charlecote Park

Just a few weeks ago we were celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare.  As part of our Charlecote celebrations we asked visitors to help us write sonnets at the writing desk of Mary Elizabeth, Mistress of Charlecote. We were really impressed with your contributions and wanted to share some on the lines you wrote.

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Here we are at Charlecote park, A family day out what a lark.

William Shakespeare was caught poaching here!
(Matthew Aged 34)

Tulips bloom in rampant, sunny splendour

The deer roamed the park at will, fish saw swiftly

The eternal sunshine ripples beyond the fields and sky.

Here in Charlecote House we live, love and Laugh

Its beautiful walls and ceilings divine

There are over 360 pikes on the carpet (Poppy age 7)

Play billiards while we drink wine, so divine

The rooms are grand and full of precious things

Elizabeth the 1st stayed for two nights ( Olivia Age 11)

Hark, Hark, tis Mary Elizabeth’s on her Harp!

The Sun is Bright and throws it’s light

To be in to be out that is the question?

Our thanks to all who helped pen a line.

 ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

©National Trust Images/James Dobson

“As Shakespeare said upon his day, Thou art more lovely than a Summers day, and still holds to this day.”

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The Stones in Charlecote’s Pietra Dura table

Our House elves have almost completed their winter clean and we’re almost ready to reopen the doors and welcome visitors to our House once again. To whet your appetite, we thought we’d share some information about one of our top objects – the pietra dura table in the Great Hall.

Detail of the Lucy table from the Library at Charlecote with carved oak base and pietra dura top, purchased in 1824 from Thomas Emmerson.

Detail of the Lucy table from the Library at Charlecote with carved oak base and pietra dura top, purchased in 1824 from Thomas Emmerson.

It is an item of the collection that really does make you stop and look a little. Many of our visitors ask the guides about this table so in this post Frank, one of our Tuesday guides, will tell you more…

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The large central stone is travertine, also called alabaster, comprises mainly of the mineral calcite (3 on the Mohs scale) and therefore fairly soft and easily worked. It is formed by the calcite deposits of hot springs and colouring is caused by the inclusion of iron oxides and other impurities.

This one is known in Italian as alabastro a tartaruga from its resemblance to a
tortoise shell (tartaruga is Italian for tortoise). It is found in the hot spring deposits of Iona in Tuscany. Travertines are also known in the stone trade as oriental onyx or onyx marble but in geological terms they are neither onyx nor marble. Continue reading