The stately home of Bramall Hall, in Stockport, isn’t too far away from Lancashire – and the Victorian dining chairs , antique cabinets and striking Tudor architecture you see once you get there are worth it.
Bramall is of especial interest to those from Preston who like Victorian dining chairs of the Gothic Revival period. The interior of the Hall was totally remodelled by Arts & Crafts Furniture designer George Faulkner Armitage . His work will come to life during December, with events and decorations based around the theme of ‘Yuletide Masquerade’. Inspired by the Hall’s original features and Armitage’s unique interiors, it’s a must for anyone from Lancashire into Victorian dining chairs and traditional decorations, and needing inspiration. Tinsel is out, boughs of holly are in – with a chapel full of candles and a roaring log fire to end on.
Earlier this year, students from Cheshire and Lancashire looked at the Victorian dining chairs and dark oak tables of Armitage’s Arts and Crafts interiors in fine detail. Manchester College’s Openshaw Campus, a hotbed of budding design talent, did a project based around Armitage and the Arts and Crafts Furniture movement. Combining detailed research with inspiration taken from the late 19th century interiors of the Hall, they created their own interpretations, which were then put on display at Bramall. The resulting textile designs were innovative and creative, incorporating batik, embroidery and other decorative art forms of the period.
This month, people visiting Bramall Hall can make traditional Christmas decorations, sup mulled wine and sing carols round a roaring log fire. And for the final touch? Some Victorian dining chairs from a Preston antique dealer for the festive table, perhaps. The perfect centrepiece for a classical Christmas!
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