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The Red Room

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This room was originally Merton’s bedroom, decorated in his favourite colour.

He and Annie had separate bedrooms with single beds (a common practice amongst middle-class couples of the time).

The room was originally separated by a fretwork screen which created a sitting area in the room’s bay window.

The ceiling mural depicts the birth of the Roman goddess, Venus, and was intended to be viewed whilst lying in bed.

Around 1919, Annie became ill and swapped rooms with her husband. This meant she could be nearer to her nurse, Miss Newboult, who resided in the Green Room (opposite the Red Room).  Annie died here on 17 April 1920, aged 84.

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