The Great Hall

The Great Hall at Boughton is the largest and most imposing room of the House. Some of the works of art in this room include:

A rare portrait of Queen Elizabeth I as a young princess. The importance of this portrait was highlighted on a visit by historians Alison Weir and Tracy Borman.

The two oval portraits on the East Wall are of Ralph, 1st Duke of Montagu, and his first wife Elizabeth Wriothsley, by Pierre Mignard (1612-95).

The portrait of Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton (1573-1624), hangs alongside that of his wife, Elizabeth Vernon. Southampton was a supporter and patron of Shakespeare and is shown here with the Tower of London in the upper right, where he was imprisoned by Elizabeth for plotting against her.

The Great Hall: From left: (1) Watercolour of reconstruction of Great Hall with accurate depiction of existing roof structures by A. W. Blomfield c. 1890 (2) A rare portrait of Queen Elizabeth I as a young princess; (3) Portrait of Oliver Cromwell

From left: (1) Watercolour of reconstruction of Great Hall with accurate depiction of existing roof structures by A. W. Blomfield c. 1890 (2) A rare portrait of Queen Elizabeth I as a young princess;