The Painted Room

The Painted Room is a chamber in the fourteenth century Crown Tavern on Cornmarket Street, Oxford. In the 1930s, wooden panels were removed from the room to reveal a painted wall, dating back to the Elizabethan era. The colours and design are still vibrant and exciting, evocative of the time in which they were crafted. It is believed that Shakespeare may well have stayed in the inn as the owners John and Jane Davenant were close friends of the Bard. Centuries later, the room was an office for John Betjeman.

The image was taken with a mobile phone camera so the quality is not great. But the richness of the paint, the bold motifs and sense of historic reverence are not diminished.