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Inside Wallington Hall

First off an image of the layout of the ground floor.

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The entrance hall

The room took its present shape only in 1883, when Sir Charles Edward Trevelyan opened up the wall separating it from the front door and lobby passage.

To the left of the cabinet on the facing wall hangs a portrait by Hoppner of Charles's aunt Maria, which was painted at the time of her marriage in 1791 to Sir John Trevelyan, 5th Bt, whom Romney painted in the 1780's ( right of cabinet).

There are two Delft punchbowls in the display case celebrating the election victory of Sir Walter Blackett in 1741.His Newcastle seat cost him £7,000 !

The Dining Room

 This is the first of the grand new rooms created by Sir Walter Blackett in the 1740's along the south side of the house.He called in the Swiss-Italian stuccador Pietro Lafranchini to design the exuberant Rococo plasterwork,which features the God of wine,Bacchus, in the panel beyond the screen of Corinthian columns.

 

The Central hall

Right in the middle of Wallington hall. Originally a courtyard open to the skies, but in 1853 the Newcastle architect, John Dobson was commissioned to create a comfortable family meeting place by covering it with a glazed roof and opening up the surrounding corridors. This is where the family took afternoon tea.

The decorative scheme is the work of William Bell Scott, a follower of the Pre-Raphaelits and the Director of the local art school in Newcastle.

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This is another picture of the interior of the central hall

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Courtesy of victorian web 

 The Saloon

 This room, at the centre of the south front, was the main entrance hall until the 1740's, when Sir Walter Blackett transformed it into an elegant rococo saloon, with a deep cover ceiling decorated with more plasterwork by Lafranchini.

The Library

 The Trevelyans have been a bookish family since the time of Sir Walter Calverley Trevelyan, who fitted this room out as library in 1853.

The Study

 This room was used as a study by Charles Edward's son and grandso, George Otto and Charles Trevelyan, and contains many mementoes of Macauley and the Trevelyan family including the desk at which George Otto wrote "the history of the American revolution" ( 1899-1910).

Lady Trevelyan's Parlour

 During the Georgian period this was the main bedroom in the house. George Otto's wife, Caroline, was the first to use it as a sitting room in the 1880's.

The Writing room

 Separating the family rooms from the staff quarters this was the estate office.

This picture is of Alexander Munro's sculpture of Dante's doomed lovers, Paolo and Francesca which is found in the central hall.

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The West Corridor

 Contains portraits by the Victorian Trevelyans and roundels of Tennyson and Browning by Woolmer.

The Common Room

 This was the Servant's Hall in Walter Blackett's time and the windows still retain the old, thicker glazing bars from that period.

The North Corridor

 George Otto's 3 sons spent many hours playing war games and their lead soldiers are on display here.The figures are of Napoleons army.

The Kitchen

 In use until 1966 it is arranged to show how it would have looked in 1900.