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Historic timbers meet graffiti as Rainham Hall is given modern makeover

PUBLISHED: 09:44 16 July 2016

Graffiti artist Amy Jane Adams with her exhibition at Rainham Hall

Graffiti artist Amy Jane Adams with her exhibition at Rainham Hall

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An 18th-century house has become the canvas to some unusual art this month.

Graffiti artist Amy Jane Adams with her exhibition at Rainham HallGraffiti artist Amy Jane Adams with her exhibition at Rainham Hall

Graffiti has been spotted at Rainham Hall, Broadway, Rainham, but it’s not the work of thoughtless vandals.

Its part of an exhibition, created by fine artist and historian Amy Jane Adams, who has been given free rein to explore the history of the former merchant home.

Amy, who has been dubbed the “National Trust Banksy” after the infamous graffiti artist, said she hoped residents appreciated the quirky approach in the decades-old home.

“It has been a lot of fun to carry out, although exhausting!” she said.

“We wanted to tell the history of the building through art.

“I’ve been at the hall from 8am to midnight but it’s worth it!”

The exhibition highlights the wrought iron railings which surround the property.

Amy said: “I had been researching the hall but when I came to visit, I was struck by the extraordinary railings outside.

“They were most likely produced by the Hampton Court Palace railings master craftsman Jean Tijou.

“He designed railings for King William III and Queen Mary II but disappeared in mysterious circumstances.

“It makes sense he would have made his way east as he attempted to start again.

“During this time, it is suspected he met Capt John Harle, who owned Rainham Hall.

“I wanted to focus on something that people who visit the hall might not know about and I want it to bring people in from inner London.”

Amy said she hopes her collaboration with the conservation trust will introduce it to a younger generation.

“It’s something a bit different. As soon as I saw Rainham Hall, I knew graffiti would highlight the design of the building,” she told the Recorder.

“In the future, I’ll be travelling around all the National Trust properties and exploring different ways of telling people about their history.”

The exhibition, which is running until September, can be viewed in the Hayloft above the cafe, from Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am to 4.30pm.


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