Tea Room at the Crawfordsburn Inn, Crawfordsburn, County Down, ca. 1888, by R. Welch, via Public Record Office of Northern Ireland Commons on flickr.
I believe this is The Old Inn, built in 1614 and still in operation as a hotel and restaurant. The mail coach, on its way to the port of Donaghadee and passage to England, changed horses at the Inn. Among the travelers who stopped here were Swift, Tennyson, Thackeray, Dickens, and Trollope.
I’m recovering from foot surgery at moment, so I haven’t been able to make my own arrangement for “In a vase on Monday,” hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. But I did want to share this wonderful photo in which the whole room is an arrangement. At first, I thought those were peacock feathers fanning out over the portrait of the Queen and on the right, but they are tall grasses. I would love to have lunch here.
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11 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday: 1888”
What a wonderful picture – is the original an old postcard , do you think?
It does look like a print made to sell as a souvenir — or maybe for a handbill for the hotel. The edges of the original at the Public Record Office page on flickr are too wavy for a postcard.
Great photo. I love the ferny decor! I have a similar chair at my bistro table. Classic design, I guess.
Those bentwood chairs are absolutely classic.
Well there’ s an idea for bringing the garden into the dining room. Lovely.
Think of the time someone spent on it! I hope it lasted a while.
What a great photo! Best wishes with your recovery.
Thanks. So far so good. I hope to be walking fairly normally by mid July.
Oh my, this is a stunning photo. As an island girl from the tropics, I have an affinity towards ferns ans grasses. What a fabulous place this would be for a gathering. Thank you for sharing!
Wouldn’t this be a great place for afternoon cake and coffee!
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