The house and its origins
Sir Thomas Churchman (1702-1781) was a weaver by profession, who rose to be an Alderman and then Sheriff, before becoming Mayor of Norwich in 1761, and being knighted by George III soon afterwards.
For weddings, the ceremony room is decorated in rose pink and plum with French windows leading into a pleasant garden, well-suited for photos.
The finely decorated interior features wall paintings, some in elaborate plasterwork frames - and a stucco ceiling with a landscape central oval. Fireplace by T. Cheere.
The building's entry in the National Heritage list is at __ http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1051844
The modest southern entrance
Not as impressive as the grand facade that looks out onto Bethel Street, but a fine
Georgian part of the house with handy French windows opening to the small garden.
Thomas Churchman is commemorated by an elaborate monument in the nearby church of
Saint Giles church - whose tower can seen in the background of this photo.
One of the reception rooms (I)
One of the reception rooms (II)
Hallway, with Churchman's portrait
Sir Thomas Churchman (1702–1781), Mayor of Norwich - by Thomas Bardwell
Purchased by public subscription in 1761 - the year it was painted, in recognition
of his becoming the city's Mayor.
A better version of this can be seen amongst other works by the artist, here...