NEWDIGATE, Roger
(b. 1719, Arbury, d. 1806, Arbury)

Drawing room (detail)

completed 1798
Photo
Arbury Hall, Warwickshire

Sir Roger Newdigate rebuilt his country seat of Arbury Hall into one of the finest, though less well-known, Gothic monuments. It was a project that took 50 years to complete. Work began in 1748, and proceeded gradually. Newdigate opted for a specific medieval structure as a model, the opulently decorated Perpendicular Henry VII Chapel in Westminster Abbey. Arbury Hall, unlike Strawberry Hill, is consistently decorated throughout with the rich architectural patterns of English Perpendicular, with flattened four-centred Tudor arches, tall, narrow tracery paneling, bay windows, and especially fan vaulting.

The photo shows a detail of bow window in the drawing room.