Redecorating the Great Hall

The Tudor Coat of Arms painted on the wall at Bradley Manor

The Great Hall was redecorated over the winter of 2019 for the first time in 50 years, so we were able to do some essential conservation of the Coat of Arms.

When redecoration occurs within a National Trust property, many things have to be taken into consideration, not least when you are redecorating a 15th Century medieval Great Hall.

Over the winter the Great Hall was redecorated for the first time since the 1970’s. As soon as the house closed its doors to visitors at the end of October 2019, the preparations began. This included decanting furniture and items of collection from the Great Hall into the Chapel, Buttery, Sitting Room and the Old Kitchen. This allowed space for a large birdcage scaffold to be erected, which is required to undertake the cleaning and redecoration work.

The painstaking work took three months to complete with specialist clay paint used on the walls. Interesting discoveries were also made with respect to markings on the wood beams and even graffiti from 1709. Whilst the scaffolding was in place, conservation staff were able to do some essential conservation work on the Coat of Arms, and they could still see the original blue colour paint of the garter.

Volunteers at Bradley were also invited for a tour up on the scaffolding. They were able to look closely at the carving, markings and graffiti as well as looking at the Coat of Arms in close detail.