Raby Castle~August 2018~Interior part 2


INTERIOR…….PART 1 HERE ~ Entrance Hall, Chapel, Baron’s Hall.


The small drawing room, (which is quite large really) is decorated in the Regency style and has lots of paintings of horses and sporting stuff, but also some decorative bits and bobs.

Small Drawing Room

a lovely ornate clock

French ormolu clock purchased at the Paris Exhibition in 1861.


and an oriental thingy, we see a lot of these in castles and stately homes ~ must have been a thing.

Oriental thingy


In 1848, the Scottish architect William Burn used castle records to restore and to re-create one of the most striking and instructive interiors of a period that loved rich and colourful effects. The Octagon Drawing Room is a rarest survivor of an 1840’s room with unchanged decoration, displaying lavish textiles: gold silk lines the eight walls, and the curtains and elaborate swags are of crimson and gold silk.

The Octagon Room

In 1993 the 11th Lord Barnard commissioned a 5-year restoration programme,. Much of the original room’s paintwork, moldings and gilding were cleaned and conserved. Where necessary, new silk panels and curtains, which matched the originals, were woven on the only 19th century handlooms still in commercial use in England.

Pineapple chandelier.

The pineapple was an exotic and rare fruit back in the day and having them showed off your wealth, so they were incorporated into decorations.

The ceiling was bonkersley ostentatious, but I like that!


The Dining room has red walls and a plaster ceiling. The table extends to fill the room and is laid with a dinner service which had belonged to Queen Victoria and was given to the Raby estate by Edward VII. Sideboards had small warmers to keep food warm a marble-topped buffet was used for cold food.

Dining in style


Food warmer


wood paneling window frames.

I think that’s enough for now, there’s still a lot more to see at Raby so stay tooned!

29 thoughts on “Raby Castle~August 2018~Interior part 2

  1. Hi Fraggle. I loved getting a close-up look at all these things. My Cornelis Drebbel would be jealous of the French ormolu clock!
    I was just thinking how that chandelier reminded me of a pineapple when lo and behold — your caption. So, my friend…. “Be a pineapple. Stand tall. Wear a crown. And be sweet on the inside.” Mega hugs!

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  2. I can’t even imagine what it must be like if you are part of the restoration team, the first day you walk into your new job! I would most definitely not have the patience to be involved 🙂 Real fruit or false on the table?

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    1. Not sure if you mean the whole castle, in which case I’d have to disagree, but if you mean the octagon room I’m with you! Not sure if you saw the post previous with the Barons Hall, which I thought was quite classy.

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  3. “and an oriental thingy, we see a lot of these in castles and stately homes ~ must have been a thing.” 😂😂 I haven’t been to many castles and grand properties to see if this is true.. I’ll have to keep an eye open!
    Also, that ceiling is ABSOLUTELY bonkersly ostentatious!! 😲

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