This carved Rococo interior decoration was acceptable for the Southwell family who lived in the house during the mid-eighteenth century, but would have been too elaborate for traditional Quaker tastes. The Peckovers however were high status Quakers, running a bank from a purpose-built banking chamber at the side of the property. The house and its elaborate interior gave off the necessary outward signs of status and stability needed to attract custom.
Overmantle. Elaborately carved white-painted wooden rococo overmantle, crested by eagle holding a garland with fruit and flowers, female mask at bottom centre.
Peckover House with its fixtures and fittings was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1948 by Alexandrina Peckover (1860-1948)