The dining room at Hatchlands Park

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The dining room you see today was originally the bedroom of the first owner of Hatchlands Park, Admiral Edward Boscawen.

It was converted into its present form by Lord Rendel around 1890, and we're now trying to restore a little of its lustre.

Original features

We know that Admiral Boscawen had the room decorated with chintz, and that Lord Rendel hung flock wallpaper here. But the room had been altered several times before it was left to us.

The house had since been used as a school, and so the walls and ceiling were no longer fit for an admiral.

Bringing back the brightness

It was decided that a new scheme was needed to revive the room. Our tenant Alec Cobbe began work on the current design some time ago.

This unfinished decorative scheme is inspired by Robert Adam’s original room design. It was adapted from one at Carlton House by a French decorative painter named Girard.

For the past two winters, specialist painter Zoe Mathieson has continued work on this room.

Zoe has carefully matched the style and colours of the original work to bring the scheme closer to completion.

What's next?

After many years our dining room is nearly finished, thanks to money you’ve helped us raise.

But we still need more to finish the job. If you’d like to help us with a donation for this project please get in touch. Or visit our donations page to find out about other projects throughout the country.