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A fitting space for a royal feast, even one of George IV’s. The chandelier is held in the talons of a dragon, one of the many that can be spotted around the hall.
They had to be moved to the ground floor to prevent the portly George from climbing stairs. His bed has a tipping mechanism to make it easier to get in and out.
So sophisticated were the kitchen’s facilities that George would take his guests for a tour. Later, during World War I, it would be used as an operating theatre.
The Regency-style garden underwent major restoration in the 1980s and ’90s using John Nash’s plans, and they are still maintained with George’s original plant lists.
The elaborate decoration, including a ceiling of some 26,000 gilded cockleshells, has been badly damaged twice – in a fire in 1975 and a storm in 1987.
The gateway at the southern entrance was unveiled on 26 October 1921 as a gesture of thanks for the care shown to Indian soldiers in World War I.
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