Aston Hall

Aston Hall, Birmingham.

A Grade I listed Jacobean house built between 1618 and 1635 by Sir Thomas Holte and later home to James Watt Junior from 1817 – 1848. Aston Hall is currently a museum and art gallery, encouraging families from the Midlands, and further afield, to explore the house, its grounds and the collections within it.

Aston Hall boasts sumptuous interiors from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, including the magnificent Long Gallery. In recent years Aston Hall has been displaying to the public sumptious furniture and interior decoration originally made for the Queen’s House, Greenwich, many of these fabrics were also produced by Humphries Weaving and are detailed on the Queen’s House Greenwich project page.

Wroxton Bed

The bed features an elaborately draped and fringed head cloth and was formerly at Wroxton Abbey, Oxfordshire.

Narrow woven pure silk damask in crimson and gold for hangings on a late 17th century Bed. The bed features the Italian ‘artichoke’ pattern popular at this time and is much used at Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle and Holyrood Palace.

There is another version of this design in the Warner Textile Archive which was also used at Hampton Court Palace.

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