The Queen's Bedroom


Present day


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This room is known as the Queen’s bedroom. In 1865 Queen Emma of Hawaii stayed here whilst she was on a fundraising mission to raise money to build an English cathedral in Honolulu. There was once a gold crown carved in wood on the door into the room. Behind this hidden door is a tiny room occupying the space alongside the chimneystack. It has a gothic-style pointed-arch stained glass window. This room may at one time have been used as an oratory or small chapel for private worship.

1930


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Thomas Parr and his aunt extensively renovated the Manor, bringing in marble fireplaces and other fixtures some of which came from the 18 th -century mansion Bold Hall in Lancashire. This fireplace has since been altered, although some elements of it from the photo can still be seen. The high coved ceiling was created when the large bow windows were added to this room and to the ground floor room below around 1800. It made the room more fashionably spacious and light, in contrast to the gloomy low-ceilinged Elizabethan interior. However raising the ceiling in this way reduced the head height of the attic room above. Behind the panelled wall against which the bed stands in this photo there was originally a glazed window with small panes of expensive glass set in leadwork between vertical wooden mullions. Only more wealthy families could afford glass in Elizabethan times, and its use was limited to the more important rooms in the home. Other less important windows would be left unglazed with wooden shutters to keep out the draughts.

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