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March 30, 2013 - Filed under: Antique Chests — Harriet

The antique chests and antique dining tables in Lancashire’s Hall i’ th’ Wood museum resemble those used at the hall in Tudor times and, in April, the museum will be celebrating this with a Tudor-themed Discovery Day that includes dressing up, craft activities and tours of the house.

An outstanding example of a timber-framed Tudor manor house, the Hall i’ th’ Wood dates from the early 16th century, with an impressive Jacobean extension added in the 17th century. Famous for being the house where Samuel Crompton invented the Spinning Mule, the hall fell into disrepair in the late 19th century but was saved by William Lever (later Lord Leverhulme), who gave the house to the Corporation of Bolton in 1900. In 1902 it became a museum.

Renovated in 1996, the interiors of Hall i’ th’ Wood are an accurate representation of Tudor and Stuart living, the oak panelled rooms furnished with antique cabinets, beds and other furniture made in the 17th and 18th centuries. There are also some seemingly authentic examples of Elizabethan furniture, but caution is needed. An antique dining table in the Lancashire kitchen, originally thought to be made in the late 1590s, owed its distressed, worn appearance to the skills of a local cabinetmaker, who made it around 1900.

This probably won’t matter to the families who, on 13th April, will become Tudors for the day, making pomanders, learning to write with a quill and dressing in stylish Elizabethan fashions. They can recreate the interiors by visiting an antiques dealer in Preston, who often have antique dining tables and other oak furniture in the Tudor Revival style.

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