Dunstable’s remarkable Tudor wall paintings have finally been painstakingly restored, and unveiled at a special ceremony at Priory House.
The murals – from the 1600s – were discovered by John Cole when alterations were being made to his father’s bicycle shop in High Street North in 1954.
Their restoration was made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, applied for by the Friends of Priory House.
Sue Turner – who was instrumental in securing the grant – said: “This was completely successful and means that an important part of Dunstable’s heritage is now secure for the future.”
The panels show various woodland hunting scenes, as well as a Tudor man puffing on a clay pipe – thought to be one of the earliest depictions of tobacco smoking in existence.
The restoration work was undertaken by preservation specialistsCliveden Conservation.
The paintings were unveiled by Dunstable mayor John Chatterly on Friday, October 25.
Visitors –particularly school groups – are encouraged to see the paintings for themselves. Visit www.friendsofprioryhouse.co.uk for details.