Sunday, 25 April 2010

Felbrigg Hall

On Saturday (24th April) I visited Felbrigg Hall.  I went as a volunteer with a local charity where I go out socially with adults with learning difficulties.  This meant that I didn't spend as long as I would have if I had visited alone and my visit was led by my companions.  However, it was still really interesting to look around the house and even more so due to my new found interest and some knowledge!

The building was from the 15th and 16th centuries and is highly decorated externally.  The interior was in a range of styles. My favourite room had hand painted wallpaper depicting Indian birds and water scenes.  We were told how the room had been hung in the 16th century using 16 rolls of paper.  There were 4 different designs but they had been placed cleverly so the repeat wasn't obvious.  E.g rolls A, B , C, D might appear ABCDBADC etc. 

I was also interested to see the remains of an original Greek statue (a now headless woman).  It was intriguing to note how deeply the folds of her robes had been carved to give the illusion of shadow and drapery.

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