Horace Walpole’s Paper Castle

Posted by Dale Townshend on January 06, 2009 in News tagged with

Horace Walpole’s inspiration to write The Castle of Otranto, Strawberry Hill House, was considered one of the 500 places to see before they die. Fortunately, it has been given the cash injection by English Heritage and its restoration has begun.  During Walpole’s time this Gothic jewel was perpetually in building, which he carefully orchestrated since he paid attention to every single detail: painted glasses, wallpapers, and decoration. For instance, as he was not able to afford groining for the stairways, he pasted wallpaper with groining painted on it. He also furnished his castle with different antiquities, works of art and oddities which, according to him,  conveyed the Gothic mood. In fact, during the repair project, the experts have found some of the original wallpaper chosen by him.

In its own days, this house was one of the showplaces of England: Walpole enjoyed leading tours through his charming little Gothic castle and it will survive for the delight of future generations. The works started in November 2008 and Strawberry Hill will be ready in early summer 2010, just to match the Horace Walpole’s exhibition at the V&A.

For more information, go to: www.friendsofstrawberryhill.org/



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