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Painted Murals

16th Century

Wall murals in the ‘Solar’, now known as the Ballroom, at Bramall Hall. During the early 16th century the wood and plaster panels were painted with scrolling foliage and various scenes including a depiction of the nursery rhyme ‘Ride a Cock Horse’, as well as mythical beasts, musicians, hunting and scenes from daily life.

The first William Davenport was lord of the manor at this time and the solar is thought to have been used as a private living space for the family. It is little wonder that they had the walls so richly decorated for their enjoyment.

Previously thought to be lost, the wall paintings were uncovered by Charles Nevill in 1887 when he was making repairs to the hall.

The murals are considered to be of national importance for both their high quality and rarity.