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.
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.
The courtyard is beautiful, I love that between the large paintings are floral arrangemnents painted onto the square columns.
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.
The owls with their wings open to fly are wonderful.
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