The Great North Bedchamber was the state bedroom – only for show. Also hung with crimson Norwich damask it housed a grand bed decorated with ostrich feathers. The finely carved fireplace is of Portland stone.
This room had suffered badly from damp and rot and elements of the outside wall and bays have been renewed. We discovered that Lady Waldegrave had moved the door of the closet to form a new door to the wall on the left of the fire-place. Ghosting of the closet door was revealed when the later wallpaper was removed and it matched the ‘new’ door precisely, so it has now been restored to its original position. This room now more nearly resembles its appearance in the Carter drawing – we are seeking a state bed for this room.
The fine heraldic glass is the original commissioned by Walpole from William Price the Younger and sets Walpole’s arms alongside those of related families. The gilded plasterwork of the ceiling is also original. The design was taken from the Vyne – John Chute’s house near Basingstoke.
Within a small panel you may see the former outside wall of the house created when the Gallery was built but this room did not yet exist. Evidence of the harling (pebble dash) and lime wash are visible, also a trompe l’oeil window to the upper left.