Conservation for rare 17th century coat

A rare and important military leather buff-coat and doublet from the National Trust’s collection at Seaton Delaval Hall is to be conserved.

The coat has recently been sent to Norfolk, birthplace of its owner Jacob Astley, 1st Baron Astley of Reading, a prominent royalist commander in the English Civil War.

Work on the coat will take place at the trust’s conservation studio at Blickling in Norfolk, where, over the coming months ,the leather buff-coat and delicate doublet of silk, gold and silver thread will be carefully conserved before being returned to Seaton Delaval Hall to go on display later this year.

Sir Jacob Astley was a leading commander during the English Civil War and saw active service at major battles including Edgehill and Naseby.

He also commanded the King’s infantry against the Scots at the battle of Newburn in 1640.

House and collections manager at Seaton Delaval Hall, Julie Hawthorn, said: “It’s really fantastic that we are in a position to have the coat conserved through support received from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

“The work will cost just over £11,000 and mean that we can show the coat for many more years to come.”