GREAT HALL

The Elizabethan house was dominated by the Great Hall that rose to the full height of the building and was originally top-lit by a lantern. However, by the close of the sixteenth century the upper windows had been blanked off and the ceiling lowered to allow for the creation of attic rooms linking the two towers. The present decorative scheme dates from the mid-eighteenth century, when William Constable commissioned the architect Timothy Lightoler to design a new interior.


Did you know?
Afternoon tea was created by the Duchess of Bedford in the late 18th century. She invited friends to join her for an afternoon meal of small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, sweets and, of course, tea. The practice was so popular that it was quickly adopted by other social hostesses 
 
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