Doddington Hall

Doddington Hall, Lincoln.

Begun in 1595 by Robert Smythson, one of England’s foremost Elizabethan Architects, Doddington Hall was completed in 1600 and has never been sold or cleared out since. An example of a fine late Elizabethan Mansion, it is still a lived-in and much loved family home, alive with history and interest.

Over 400 years of unbroken family occupation has resulted in fascinating collections of furniture, weaponry, paintings, ceramics, textiles, household objects, porcelain and a wealth of amusing stories all to be found in and around Doddington Hall. Under the guidance of the current occupiers, Claire and James Birch, the Hall and estate is bustling with activity and enterprise. This includes The Hall and Gardens, events and weddings, a renowned farm shop, a cafe and restaurant, home interiors store, a clothing shop and even a bike shop. This all assists in the conservation and restoration of the unique interiors and collection at Doddington Hall for visitors to enjoy.

The Tiger Bedroom, 1720’s Bed

Bed Drapes for Four Poster Bed

The ‘Tiger Bedroom’ takes its name from the tiger that featured in the tapestries that originally hung in the room. No longer on display the main focus of the room today is the 1720’s four poster bed.

The bed was slept in by the Duke of Cumberland, son of George II, in 1745 during his march north during the Battle of Culloden. the Duke was five foot tall and said to weigh 23 stone.

Humphries Weaving were sent one of the bed drapes to see if we recognised the design. It is very similar to the Caroline Damask, found on Queen Carolines Bed at Hampton Court Palace and thought to be of Italian Origin. However the version from the Doddington Hall bed had enough unique differences for us to redraw the design to create an exact replica.

The design is 21 inches wide and woven in Crimson Pure Silk.

Project reference: 2549