DECORATIVE STONE CHIMNEY BREAST
The architectural style of this stone fireplace dates from the 16th century, and remained popular well into the 17th. It features pilaster-like jambs (sides) supporting a four- centred (‘ Tudor’) arch, and has foliate- carved spandrels (the triangular sections between the top of the arch and the bottom of the frieze above). The tall frieze is plain, but may once have been painted. Elaborate plasterwork incorporating figural roundels depicting Mapperton’s ancestral homeowners decorates the chimney breast above.