The Queen’s Bed, Queen Adelaides Bedroom, Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire.
Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire, is a Grade I listed restoration mansion built around 1660 it was home to the Vernon family until it was gifted to the National Trust in 1967.
George Vernon designed and built the hall as a showpiece for 17th Century craftsmanship with highlights including Gibbons carvings, ornate plaster work and decorative painted ceilings. In 1840 Sudbury Hall was leased to Queen Adelaide, Queen Consort and widow of William IV. There remains a bedroom in the Hall named after her. The long gallery at Sudbury Hall was used in the BBC’s 1996 adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ it measures 167 feet (51m).
Queen Adelaides Bedroom
The Queen’s Bed.
The restoration of the bed was overseen but textile historian Annabel Westman and National Trust curator Andrew Barber.
Humphries Weaving were commissioned to produce pure silk crimson damask for the restoration of The Queen’s Bed drapes and coverlet, the bed cornice still bares the original 1740’s fabric.
The damask is a popular Italian design dated to the 1730’s, an original Flock wallpaper of the design can still be seen at Christchurch Mansion, Suffolk. The same design can also be found at Bolling Hall, Marlborough House,St James’s Palace, Ballyfin House and most recently the Suisse Museum.
Project reference: 2552
Images by kind permission of The National Trust and Annabel Westman.