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Hidden Histories: episode four

Investigator Richard Suggett examines the newly discovered paintings at Ciliau which show how a Tudor country gentleman decorated his home to impress.

Tapestries were an aristocratic taste but few survived in the long term.

Tudor house painting

Ciliau is a remarkable mid-Tudor gentry house near Erwood in Powys. Early modern period dwellings did not have much furniture in their open halls beyond a table and benches, and any decorative scheme is usually lost forever. After the Commission completed its initial survey of Ciliau as part of its major study of houses in Radnorshire, its owner discovered that the plaster over the screen at the end of the hall concealed extensive paintings.


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