Horham Hall, Thaxted, Essex.
The present Grade 1 listed Tudor brick house was built some time between 1510 and 1515 by Sir John Cutte, who was under-treasurer to Henry VIII and retains many original features.
Queen Elizabeth 1 visited Horham Hall in 1571 and 1578, it is believed that the Tower was built so Her Majesty could watch the local hunt. The house holds a good collection of tapestries, oak furniture and portraits. It is set in 4acres of walled gardens with a large pond and a very rare tree Parrotia Persica, which has reached the height of 40 feet. During the outbreak of WWII in 1939, the hall became an evacuation centre for girls and young children. Horham Hall is now a private residence currently owned by author and first woman High Sheriff of Essex Evelyn Ward-Thomas and is a member of the Historic House Association. They open their doors upon special requests and events.
Window drape restoration in an unspecified room.
Silk and wool damask in crimson with bombazine linings for window drape restoration. This design is also at Castle Rushen, Isle of Man, and there is another version in the Warner Textile Archive.
Project reference: 403 / 404 / 435