Removing fragments of plaster in preparation for an extensive renovation project for Yorkshire the English capital. Calverley Old Hall led to finding the existence of a “time machine” to wall paintings made in the 1500s.
The Landmark Trust announced that as they inspected the main joints of the frame, stains that appeared like black, red and green at the attention of employees. While there was a clear chance that these smudges might be a result of mold or dirt the workers from The Landmark Trust decided to call Lincoln Conservation, an organization which restores historic buildings and artifacts. Lincoln Conservation was contacted to look at the stains.
Calverley Old Hall is part of The Landmark Trust organization, which is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to saving historical buildings. After restoration they are now available for those who want to stay there during holiday breaks. Old Hall is one of them. Old Hall, in particular is described as an “solidly romantic place to stay” by the group.
The Lincoln Conservation team Lincoln Conservation first came to discover the plaster in the room, wall paintings were exposed
“We were speechless,” Dr. Anna Keay, the director of The Landmark Trust, said in a press release. “It was clear at once that these almost certainly dated to the Tudor period. But still we only had specks.”
The members from members of the Lincoln Conservation team were given two days to get rid of the plaster. After Keay was back in the beginning morning of day two she was shocked to discover that the team found artwork on three walls
“Floor to ceiling, wall to wall, a complete, highly decorated Tudor chamber, stripped with black and red and white and ochre,” Keay remembered. “Mythical creatures and twining vines, classical columns and roaring griffins.”
She added that she had never come across such a moment in her 27 years of working in buildings that were once historic.
The paintings belong to the “Grotesque” style, which Caroline Stanford, a historian working for The Landmark Trust, explained originates in The Italian term grotteschi . It means “from the grotto,” and comes from the story of one man who fell into what he believed to be the grotto. He needed to be rescued by his friends