SE4017 : The Tapestry Room at Nostell Priory

taken 7 years ago, near to Wragby, Wakefield, Great Britain

The Tapestry Room at Nostell Priory
The Tapestry Room at Nostell Priory
When Robert Adam designed this room in the 1760s, it was intended to be the best drawing room. The ceiling plasterwork and wall decorations were completed by 1774, but the room remained unfinished; by the inventory of 1818, it was being used as a storeroom for unneeded furniture.

Little changed at Nostell until Charles Winn inherited in 1817. He finished the room with Dutch tapestries and the room began to be called “The Tapestry Room”during the nineteenth century. Of the four largest tapestries, three date from 1750; the other is a period replacement after the fourth in the set was damaged by fire in 1920. The smaller tapestry over the fireplace depicts “The Death of Achilles”.
Nostell Priory

Nostell Priory is an elegant 18th-century Palladian mansion set in hundreds of acres of parkland. It takes its name from a 12th century monastery which was surrendered to Henry VIII in 1540. The land passed through several owners until it was bought by the Winn family in 1654, with plans to build a new country house. After the Civil War they supported the monarchy and were rewarded by Charles II with a baronetcy in 1660.

Building the mansion began around 1733. Rowland Winn, the 4th Baronet, hired James Paine to supervise the work and he worked on the house for the next 30 years, using an ornate rococo style. In 1765 Rowland Winn, the 5th Baronet, inherited. He and his Swiss wife Sabine employed Robert Adam to finish the house in the neoclassical style. Adam was commissioned to design additional wings, only one of which was completed, and complete the state rooms. He added a double staircase to the front of the house, and designed buildings on the estate, including the stable block. Thomas Chippendale was commissioned to decorate the interiors and, as a result, Nostell has one of the largest and finest Chippendale collections in the country.

The House, which is a Grade I listed building (English Heritage ID: LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings) was given to the National Trust in 1953.

LinkExternal link Nostell Priory and Parkland (National Trust Visitor Information)

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Friday, 13 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 17 September, 2013
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 4042 1752 [10m precision]
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