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Arkwright & His Cotton Mill

Engraving of Willersley Castle

This photograph shows an 18th century carved and painted four post bedstead which was in Bedroom 15 at Willersley Castle at the time of the sale of the house contents.

The bedstead had "cluster bamboo style columns and trellis-pattern square bases, the canopy with imitation bell pendants, floral chintz curtains and valance, 5 ft. 6 wide, a Heal's folding box spring mattress, a wool mattress, a feather bolster and two down pillows"[1]. Also for sale in the same room was a blue sateen eiderdown, a printed cotton coverlet and three blankets. Amongst the furniture in the room were chests and dressing tables by both Chippendale and Sheraton, as well as an Adam mirror, and the catalogue also mentions the "Brussels blue ground carpet"[1].

Of interest to the web mistress and others is the wallpaper. We would like to hear from any Wallpaper manufacturers who might have sold wallpaper to the Arkwright's of Willersley Castle (see link in the footer below).

From the 1927 sale catalogue[1] in the collection of and © Ann Andrews.
It is thanks to the interest of a lady called Kate who lives on Vancouver Island that the image is presented here. She spotted the catalogue in a local shop and most generously sent it to sent me - which is how the image comes to be on this site.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only


[1] From "A Catalogue of the Contents of the Mansion Willersley Castle, Matlock Bath", Knight Frank & Rutley (1927)