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.
a lovely ornate clock
and an oriental thingy, we see a lot of these in castles and stately homes ~ must have been a thing.
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.
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.
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.
I think that’s enough for now, there’s still a lot more to see at Raby so stay tooned!