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.
Detail of brown and gold wallpaper in the Library at Charlecote
You can’t have missed the special birthday celebrations that are taking place this weekend to celebrate a certain local lad and pesky poacher, William Shakespeare!
2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death which will be marked in Stratford-upon-Avon and around the world by a series of special projects and events led by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and others. You can find out more about wider celebrations and events by visiting the Shakespeare400 website.
Always up for a celebration, we didn’t want this one to pass us by (despite Shakey being in our bad books). To mark the occasion there’s a flavour of Shakespeare about the site over the next few days. Sonnets and selfies are what we’d like to see…
A few weeks ago we held another of our Book Talks here at Charlecote. They were very well attended and we are planning to run more in April 2016 (more info will soon appear on the website about that). One of our guests on the book talk has written this lovely post on The Shakespeare Blog. Continue reading
We’ve been running some Book Talks in our Library recently and they’ve been very well received. So well received that we’ve decided to run more [we’ll share more information in on those dates in the new year]!
During these talks, visitors have had a chance to talk with our guides about the collection held here at Charlecote; what is in it, why it is so special and how it is cared for. It’s a very special collection with a number of particularly interesting volumes.
Volunteer guide, Len, tells us more about one of these – the Shakespeare Second Folio (1632)…
What is a Folio?
It tells us how the printer folded his paper. The largest books were the folios made by printing on both sides of the paper and folding the paper just once to produce two leaves with four sides of text. The paper size will vary but be approximately 12” X 15”.
A quarto is where the paper is folded in half and then folded again. This will give four leaves and eight pages approximately 9.5” x 12”.
The next sizes down are octavo (paper-back size), 12mo, 16mo, and 32mo.
What is the importance of a folio?
For Shakespeare it provides not a definitive edition of the plays, which is no longer possible, but a scholarly production that is thought to be as close as possible to the manuscript copies of the plays.