Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire.
A grand 16th Century Tudor Mansion built by William Cecil, The First Lord Burghley and Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, in 1587. It has been the seat of the Lords Burghley for over sixteen generations and the main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors.
The house and estate is now managed by the Burghley House Preservation Trust
Queen Elizabeth Room
17th Century Bed Hangings in the Queen Elizabeth Room.
The bed, originally for Elizabeth 1st although she never slept at the house, was adorned in embroidered green silk velvet. By 1986 these bed drapes had rotted away and the embroidery was too fragile to re-apply to new green silk velvet ground cloth. The bed is of great importance to the house and needed to be retained.
We were asked to supply a substitute cloth for the velvet whilst retaining the original tester and head board. Embossed wool camlet in dark celadon green was used as hangings on the 17th Century bed. This was in keeping with the bed period and did not detract away from the finesse of the other original work still in place.
Project reference: 790