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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Charlecote’s timeline

If you’re a regular visitor to Charlecote, you may have notice that the downstairs room in the Gatehouse has been closed for a while. This has been because we wanted to create something special…

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The Gatehouse was build in the mid 1500s and is Grade I listed. When you’re visiting, it is pretty much the first building you come across. For this reason it is the perfect location to give you an introduction to the site.

Our team wanted to use this space to give the long history of Charlecote. But there are so many stories to tell. How on earth do we share them all? Continue reading

Say it (secretly?) with flowers

Flowers are often given to Mum’s on Mothering Sunday. Who doesn’t love a bunch of blooms?! But did you know that the flowers you choose have hidden importance. Read more to find out whether you’ve sent the right ones…

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The Victorians believed flowers had meanings. So whatever flower you were given was a secret message of feelings. For example, take Tulips – a good Spring flower.
The colour of the tulip is important. A pink tulip means caring, purple is Royalty,
red a declaration of love, white is forgiveness and yellow is hopelessly in love.

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Mixed messages in the parterre?

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Mother’s Day Bakes : the Victorian Way

Mother’s Day is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. We look at it as a day to say thanks to our Mums and treat them. It’s roots go back to the 16th century but we’d like to tell you a little about how the Victorian’s marked the day…

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Mothering Sunday was very important and a much valued date in the calendar. Especially if you were a servant working ‘below stairs’. On this day, servants were allowed to return home and visit their families. The fasting requirements of Lent were also relaxed a little so that you could indulge for a day and enjoy some tasty foods.

Did you know… in Shrewsbury girls were encouraged to bake their mothers a Simnel cake? Perhaps the kitchen maids at Attingham Park did this.

An Easter Tea

An Easter Tea

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