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COMPTON BEAUCHAMP, BERKSHIRE
The fitting of a sliding shutter to the sash window with its perfectly square panes of glass is an interesting feature in a boldly oak panelling panelled room at Compton Beauchamp in Berkshire. Here a sliding panel can be pushed back into a hidden recess behind the panels at the side of the windows.
The shutter is in one piece and runs on a grooved rail with the ease of a perfectly balanced piece of mechanism, but it is the actual weight of the panel and the shaping of the groove and socket that gives it this ease of movement, which has apparently lasted for more than two centuries.
When the shutter-panel is pulled across the window it fits so well into the general scheme of the large panels that line the room that it is practically invisible. This is the type of fine craftsmanship that is so typical of the early years of the eighteenth century.
Shutters of a few years later were made in smaller panels hinged to fold back in the space between the window frame and the wall panelling of the room, and the next instance of a shutter running on a rail does not normally occur until the end of the century when panelling was no longer used.
Compton Beauchamp is one of those lovely houses, Tudor in its original design, built round a stone courtyard. On one side is the old Tudor hall but otherwise the building is early eighteenth century throughout. The dining room has `marbled' niches and fine painted wall panelling and most of the windows were converted to the long sash when mullions ceased to be fashionable
Early Eighteenth Century Renovation, Tudor Ceiling