Wolf Hall costumes at Barrington Court Somerset
Grand costumes worn by the stars of Wolf Hall are on show at Barrington Court, in the very rooms in which the drama was brought to life.
The National Trust-owned property doubled as York Place, the home of Cardinal Wolsey, in the BBC series and now eight costumes from the show are on display until November 1.
The exhibition includes clothes worn by Damien Lewis as Henry VIII, Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn.
Keri Philips, visitor experience manager for the National Trust at Barrington Court, said the garments on show reflect the importance of clothing as a sign of status in Tudor society.
She said: “Thomas Cromwell was always shown wearing black but during the series his outfits changed to highlight his growing status and power. The King’s clothes made from luxurious fabrics are, of course, the height of power – emphasising wide shoulders tapering to the narrow waist and the obligatory codpiece.
“The costumes worn by Claire Foy and the actors playing the ladies of the court show the wonderful attention to detail. They were all handmade using original methods from the Tudor period which took a lot of research and care but ensured the costumes were as authentic as the settings chosen such as Barrington Court.”
The National Trust property is unfurnished but its Tudor interior was restored in the 1920s.
Somerset’s Montacute House also appeared in Wolf Hall and both properties feature in a filming locations map produced by the National Trust.
For more information and to download a copy of the map, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wolfhall.