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Hollyhocks st St. Mary's House & Gardens, Bramber

The House (contd)          more......

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The Octagon

Used as a family dining-room, the Octagon was designed by the Curator, Roger Linton, to display the collection of over eighty dolls depicting the history of costume through the ages. False bookshelves conceal doors leading to the Music Room.

Victorian Music Room

Built in the 1890s as a grand venue for nusical soirees and weekend house-parties, the Victorian Music Room has an elegant 19thC 'gothic' appearance.

The King's Room

Tradition has linked this room with the dramatic flight thorugh Bramber of King Charles II on his way to exile in France in 1651. Traces of medieval wall-painting are still visible on the walls and beams.

The Painted Room

In this unique room, said to have been painted for the visit of Queen Elizabeth I, can be seen one of the earliest examples of trompe l'oeil three-dimensional painting in England. The overmantel depicts the famous sea-battle in 1545 in which The Mary Rose foundered.

The Library

This room contains Peter Thorogood's unique private collection of works by the 19th century comic poet and caricaturist, Thomas Hood. The fine stained-glass 'Shakespeare' window is of Falstaff.


St. Mary's House, Bramber, West Sussex  UK  BN44 3WE    tel. 01903 816205    last updated 26/11/2015