In the Press: The Guardian take a sneak peek around Boston Manor House

27 June 2023

The Guardian's Harriet Sherwood took a tour around the newly restored and re-presented Boston Manor House with Purcell's Harriet Pillman

Among the treasures on show are an original decorative plaster ceiling featuring exotic creatures and an overmantel depicting a biblical scene in what was the state drawing room. It is one of the finest examples of Jacobean plasterwork to survive intact.

Wallpaper dating from 1757 decorating the main staircase has been retained where it was uncovered in an earlier refurbishment of the building, and digitally re-created during this restoration project. Featuring classical ruins and printed in square sheets rather than rolls, the wallpaper was described by architect Harriet Pillman as “very rare and special”.

The staircase is the original 17th-century structure, with six lions, each holding a coat of arms, sitting on newel posts added in the 1840s.

“This is a gem about which not much was known, so every discovery was really exciting,” said Pillman.

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