The Dining Room - Holker Hall

The Dining Room

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The four twisted columns of the magnificent fireplace were carved by a local craftsman from estate-grown oaks. The theme of twisted columns can be seen in various instances throughout the house as well as in the choir screen of nearby Cartmel Priory, where they form part of the restoration work carried out by George Preston. Both the tiles in the fireplace and the dog grate bear the monogram of the 7th Duke. The furniture includes harlequin Chippendale dining chairs, a longcase clock made by Thomas Cruttenden in York and an Irish hunting table which is circular when open and was used for hunt breakfasts.

All the portraits in the dining room are of members of the family apart from the Van Dyck self portrait over the fireplace.