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Delft tiles at Packwood House © Justin Holt

Delft tiles at Packwood House

More than tapestries

Although Packwood is justifiably famous for its wonderful tapestries, there are many other items to see too. There are a huge number of beautiful items in the collection, ranging from exquisite painted stained glass dating from the 16th century, to a whole 1930s bathroom lined with old delft tiles.

  • This is a very rare 17th century panel © Claire Reeves

    Stained glass windows

    Almost every window at Packwood House has a panel of stained glass. There are a number of unusual ones, such as this one which dates from the early 17th century - there are not many examples known in the world that show ships.

  • This huge Jacobean bed is actually two beds fixed together © © National Trust / Claire Reeves

    A Jacobean four-poster bed

    This is actually made up of two different beds, fixed together in the 17th century. This is where General Ireton was said to have slept before the Battle of Edgehill in 1642. It has ropes to hold the mattress, which could be tightened in order to make the bed more comfortable. This is the origin of the phrase 'goodnight, sleep tight'.

  • This charming little box is dated 1683 © © National Trust / Claire Reeves

    Small oak box

    We know very little about this box, except that it's dated 1683, has the initials WM on the front and has a very large lock on it. It would have kept something very safe - perhaps a bible?

  • There are two of these beautifully embroidered chairs here © © National Trust / Claire Reeves

    Bargello needlepoint

    Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery consisting of upright flat stitches of a geometrical design, named after the Bargello Palace in Florence, where there are fine examples. It is a very challenging way of stitching as it's important to count the stitches correctly - mistakes are very noticeable.

  • This tiny little tapestry has gold thread woven in to it © © National Trust / Claire Reeves

    Judith with the Head of Holofernes

    Sometimes tiny tapestries were created rather than wall-sized examples. They are even more detailed and intricate, and this one is woven with gold thread. This was probably woven locally at Barcheston, Warwickshire and dates from the late 16th century. If you look closely you'll notice that this one has two heads.

  • Tha lay figure bt not the right pic © Sally Renwick

    The artist's lay figure

    This dressed mannequin was originally an artist's lay figure, a very rare item. Used as a model for poor struggling artists to draw, she could have been hired for £1 a month - a human model would have demanded £3 a week. She has a papier-mâché head and wears a wig. She now sits in a sedan chair and has been beautifully dressed in an eclectic mix of 18th, 19th and 20th century garments with beautiful green shoes.