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US News Racy WWII mural discovered under wallpaper at care home

16:20  18 october  2019
16:20  18 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Staff at a care home have discovered a series of racy paintings hidden beneath wallpaper thought to have been left by American soldiers in World War Two. The risque murals were found during refurbishment at the Stokeleigh Residential Care Home in Stoke Bishop, Bristol.

The home appealed for information from local historians. Pic: Hartford Care © N/A The home appealed for information from local historians. Pic: Hartford Care A World War Two mural has been found underneath wallpaper at a care home as they started renovation work.

Stokeleigh Care Home in Stoke Bishop, Bristol, made the surprising discovery of some racy images as they redecorated one of the rooms.

The images include a busty looking woman in a red dress and hat, and a man holding a bottle marked "rye".

It is thought the images were painted by former soldiers, and the Bristol Post reports that the room might have once been a gentleman's lounge.

a person sitting in front of a window: The mural discovered under chipboard in a Bristol care home. Pic: Hartford Care © N/A The mural discovered under chipboard in a Bristol care home. Pic: Hartford Care

Hartford Care, which runs the home, posted on social media: "We love a mystery and we have one of our own. While refurbishing one of the rooms, some fascinating paintings have been discovered and nobody knows how they got there."

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Workers renovating a room for a new resident at a nursing home discovered racy paintings dating back to World War II beneath the wallpaper . "We had no idea they were there until we started refurbishing the room and our maintenance man was taking the woodchip off the walls ," she said in

World War Two paintings hidden for years beneath wallpaper have been uncovered at a care David Parton, a staff member at Stokeleigh Care Home , who discovered a series of paintings (Picture Sadly, Alex said that the home will need to continue painting over the murals in order to prepare the

The murals were likely to have been done by American GIs. Pic: Hartford Care © N/A The murals were likely to have been done by American GIs. Pic: Hartford Care

Care home manager Alex Mazur-Kruszynska told Bristol Live: "We had no idea they were there until we started refurbishing the room and our maintenance man was taking the woodchip off the walls.

"Finding the murals is the best thing, really. The residents find it fascinating as well."

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Historian Anthony Beeson told the home the works were definitely created by American GIs.

He said: "Several of the large houses in the area were requisitioned for troops.

"Note that the bottle has 'rye' written on it which no Englishman would do. I suspect it was their mess room or the like."

The home will have to paint over the murals to get the room ready for the next resident, but plan to put plasterboard over the top to preserve them.

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