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The Central Hall, Wallington

14th April 2015

On a recent visit to Wallington, Northumberland I was delighted to see the Pre-Raphaelite paintings in the Central Hall.

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The Central Hall was originally an open courtyard, in the 1850’s the roof was added and the Pre-Raphaelite artist William Bell Scott created beautiful wall paintings which capture 2,000 years of local history.

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The courtyard is beautiful, I love that between the large paintings are floral arrangemnents painted onto the square columns.

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The balustrade is copied from an illustration in John Ruskin’s second volume of his book, The Stones of Venice (1853) William Morris was a great admirer of John Ruskin.

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The owls with their wings open to fly are wonderful.

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The Central Hall is wonderful, and after sitting and looking for a long as you can to see all that is within the paintings walk around the corridor and sample the 1940’s themed cafe where the most wonderful afternoon tea is served

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