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Boston Manor House Museum, Brentford
Boston Manor House, Boston Manor Park, Boston Manor Road, Brentford.
Boston Manor House and the surrounding 20 acres was purchased by the Brentford Urban District Council which was opened as a public park in 1924.
In the late 1960s it was leased to a charitable trust housing destitute women and converted into 'bedsits'.
The house is now being returned to its original condition and is open as a council owned museum.
Open at weekends 13.30 - 15.00 only the house has just four of its many rooms open to the public at the moment but is still worth a visit.
Just a few metres from the Grand Union Canal and the River Brent below Clitheroe's Lock (No.99) over the wooden footbridge Boston Manor House is a Grade I listed Jacobean manor house, set in 20 acres of parkland, it is Hounslow’s only building of the Elizabethan period. There is a car park accessible from Boston Manor Road.
Rare 18th Century Wallpaper
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A London) have said that the surviving wallpaper on the upper floor landing of Boston Manor House Museum is some of the best remains of 18th cetury wallpaper in the Uk. It is called 'Architectural' paper, presumably because of the design, and was made in London.
Other experts have looked at it and have come to he oppinion that it would have been very expensive as it is hand painted and uses five colours. It would have probably have gone all the way down the staircase to impress visitors. This would have tied in with the banisters and the trompe d'oile that's the mirror of the image painted on the wall.
The lions on the newel posts, and possibly the screen, are likely to be from the time of the fourth James Clitherow 1765 - 1841