And then it was 12 noon, and time to visit Boston Manor itself. It is free to enter, since it is in the care of Hounslow Borough Council; and while there are not many rooms to see, they are very impressive. Built in 1623 for Lady Mary Reade, it was bought by a wealthy merchant in the 1670s, and renovated by the Clitherow family.
The dining room is handsome, and William IV and his wife once dined here, as guests of Colonel Clitherow, over 150 years after the first Clitherow purchased the house . On the table is information about the family, and the epergne presented to the Colonel on the occasion of his retiring from various public offices.
We liked the way some of the panelling had been removed so that we could see the structure behind it, and we also admired the paintwork on the ceiling. The carving above the fireplace was also interesting.
The stairs are rather fine, with painted armorial motifs on the stairposts. There is a banister up one side, and on the other, a clever trompe l'oeil of banisters, painted onto the wall. Something to try on our own narrow stairs, we thought
Above the mantelpiece is Abraham, about to slaughter Isaac, with an angel grasping his blade to prevent him.
The other room upstairs is designated the state bedroom, though is not furnished as such. But it has 'Hope' on its ceiling and is handsomely proportioned. I told the informative and friendly volunteer we spoke to that it felt like a house one could live in. She responded with some unsavoury information about sewage disposal and the River Brent flowing nearby......