Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Run Your Hands Over History Down The Hallway. Feel.
This was a real domestic archeology case for me, and took hours and hours to strip (in the days before a steamer was purchased!): I think it is quite beautiful (although it will be painted over), and reflects the layers of history through the peeling off of many layers of wallpaper, right down to just paint on the wall - the dark band at the top, which is about 4ft/122cms from the ground, the green and brown below it are all painted directly on the wall - the lower patches of pink and maroon are the thinnest remnants of paint and wallpaper
You can just make out the text, BRITISH MADE, if you read it sideways, on the detail pic! This band runs the length of the first part of the hallway, to just past the door on the left.
The doorway had been blocked off in the past 50 years and covered over, but the door surround was still intact, so we were able to rip off the hardboard covering both sides of the walls and fit a new door to the old surround. Can you see the weird angle of the door to the frame? This house is very crooked, nothing is 90 degrees!
I might show you the door from the other side when we go in (after all, it does say 'open') as it's easier to see what I'm talking about ...
In the 1891 census, there were 9 (!) people living in this house, and 6 in 1901. Some of them were pattern makers, which is interesting, as there were lots of pin-like holes all over one of the walls in the room that leads directly off this hallway.