We recently had the opportunity to create and fit custom curtains for Wroxton Abbey in Oxford. The Abbey is now home to the overseas campus of Fairleigh Dixon University of Teaneck, New Jersey in the United States. Built in the early 17th century by William Pope, the exquisite Jacobean manor house passed to the Norths in the late 17th century. The hall has played host to many royals, authors, and presidents, including King Charles I, Prince Frederick, Henry James and Theodore Roosevelt.
At Victoria Linen, we were very excited to place our curtains within the walls of stunning Wroxton Abbey. We used Grafton Red curtains, a Tudor design in keeping with Abbey style. The made to measure curtains were five metres in length and as you can picture, a large mass of fabric. Curtains were fitted and hung in the Abbey’s libraries, reading room, and royal bedrooms.
All of the curtains were done in a traditional pencil pleat and floor length finishes. They were fitted along new glide tracks so that even with the sheer volume of fabric, the curtains could be opened and closed with ease. These curtains were placed under the very old existing cornices. (Oh – how our arms ached!)
Tower Constructed in the Reading Room
The hanging of the curtains required the construction of a scaffold tower in each room, so that the old curtains and brass tacks could be removed and replaced with our modern ‘glider’ aluminum tracks. These new design tracks incorporate rollers and make opening the curtains a breeze. Once the tracks are in place, each curtain is adjusted to the perfect size and fit with hooks and curtain tape to correspond to the loops on the tracks. As you can imagine, the actual hanging required the help of three people to lift the curtains up the scaffold tower and set the hooks in place one by one. Once the curtains were hung, we made the adjustments and tied them off.
The process began again at this point; as the scaffold was dismantled, moved to the next room and reconstructed until all rooms were completed.
Reading Room Window
North Library Completed Curtains
Reading Room and North Library Curtains
In addition to the window curtains, we also did curtains and drapes for the four poster bed in Prince Frederick’s bedroom. Frederick, Prince of Wales, who was to be king, was a frequent visitor to Wroxton, and had an obelisk erected on the estate to show his appreciation for the hospitality he was shown there. Rumor holds that Prince Frederick may have been Prime Minister Frederick Lord North’s father, making Lord North brother to George III. Though the resemblance is great; the rumor has not been substantiated. Alas, Prince Frederick was not to become king; unfortunately he died after being stuck by a cricket ball (or possibly a tennis ball)!
At Victoria Linen, we hope our latest fittings at Wroxton Abbey inspire you to create your own unique made to measure curtains for your home. We offer a full selection of colourful fabrics, designs and patterns which feature hundreds of choices, in stock and special order, available to bring your room or your entire home together – just like the rooms at Wroxton Abbey.
Visit our showroom, have a coffee or tea, and browse the amazing selection of fabrics. Our friendly expert team will answer your questions and help you choose the ideal finish for your windows. Need help? Victoria Linen offers Full Window Treatment Service, that includes consulting, measuring and fitting of your new made to measure curtains. Call or stop by today and let us help you get started on your home’s new look with our custom designed curtains.