Tuesday, 2 December 2008

ABC Wednesday - T is for

Tullie House Tiles

T-oday my museum shift was in Old T-ullie House
this is the oldest wing of the museum,
it is a Jacobean building and orginally a family home

Tullie House:(text from the Tullie House website)

Tullie House incorporates the town house of that name, the origins of which can be traced back at least to the 16th century. The Tullie family and their descendants occupied the building until the 19th century.

Formerly known as the White House, the house was modernised in the late 17th century under the ownership of Thomas Tullie, who was sometime Dean of Carlisle. The handsome classical fa├žade in red and yellow sandstone, with ornate lead downspouts, bears the date of 1689. This faces onto Abbey Street.

Remaining internal features of 17th century date within the building are a large ground floor fireplace and a Jacobean oak staircase. The latter leads to wood-panelled upper rooms. A portrait hanging on the stairs shows the last private occupants, the Dixons, in the largest of these rooms - their Drawing Room - in 1842.

Late 19th century extensions in local sandstone, to the designs of C.J. Ferguson, added a range of buildings on the north side running through from Abbey Street to Castle Street. In part, this replaced some of the earlier buildings. 

Extensive use of tiles (by Craven Dunhill, Jackfield, Ironbridge) and Roman-inspired mosaic flooring are typical of the period. There are two elegant wrought-iron Victorian staircases inset with heraldic shields of the City of Carlisle. The historic buildings are Grade I* Listed.

A new range of buildings was added in 1989-90 to create new galleries and related facilities. This extended the site considerably on the north and east sides. The latest development (2000-2001) created the Carlisle Millennium Gallery, which extends below the A595 road on the north side of the site. A public walkway connecting Castle Street to the Castle Green, runs alongside this and features public artwork of high quality.

... and today with -5 degrees I went to work in the coldest part of the Museum which has minmum heat..can you imagine how cold I was with all these tiles retaining the cold? I am only now warming up....
still all this culture!

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  1. Amazing tiles, I particularly like the last ones.

    Did you get a repacement by the way ;)

  2. LOL...as yet no!! they are looking for some spare parts as some of his are running a bit slow, some are misshapen and another has dropped off!!

  3. That's just beautiful stuff. I love the detail and craftsmanship of old decorative features. Wonderful.

  4. Yes, lovely old tiles, but no wonder you were cold, a bit like sitting in a very fancy outside loo.

  5. Mosaic artistry has always intrigued me...specially the really old stuff like this. Great photos!!

  6. What an interesting, informative entry! thanks for educating us

  7. Lucky you...apart from the chill). The tiles loomremarkably similar (from memory) to some in the Brigton Musuem...I shall have a look and take a pic next time I'm there

  8. Oh lovely tile work. That's something I envy about the "old" country - so much history in your buildings.

  9. What a lovely post for ABC..I love the tiles and the history...

  10. It's years since I have been to Tullie House, we passed by it in February, must visit it one day when we were shopping.

    Gill in Canada, born in Carlisle Cumbria


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