Northeast of Norwich in Norfolk is a beautiful building called Carrow Abbey, or Carrow Priory. It's a former Benedictine Priory and the site dates from around 1154AD, which is astonishing. However, help is needed for the work done in the nineteenth century.
In 1878, the Priory was purchased by J.& J. Colman, of mustard fame. They had a large factory at Carrow by the 1860s and had been granted the Royal Warrant, supplying mustard to Queen Victoria. Much research has been done into the building, but there is some puzzlement as to the creator of a beautiful mural and some glorious Persian tiles...
|The exceptionally lovely fireplace|
|Close-up on tiles|
|Look in the gallery above...|
|Section of Mural|
As you can see by the first picture, in the gallery above is a wall covered in a glorious 'woodland' themed mural. There are horse chestnut trees, apple trees, a peacock, butterflies and roses...
|Close-up on dove|
And in the corner, roses grow in a tangled trellis of branches, alongside lilies and rabbits...
|How the elements fit together|
|Peacock detail from Forest tapestry|
But what do you lot think? Brian Ayers would like to hear from anyone who has any thoughts on the tiles and the mural, so drop him an email if you would like to suggest a possible answer to this mystery. Brian can be reached via B.Ayers@uea.ac.uk.
I do like a nice mystery and only wish I lived closer to Norfolk. Let's see if we can help solve this one, because if anyone can help, I'm sure you lot can.