We took a day away from Stanway to visit Hilles House. (https://www.hilleshouse.co.uk) Designed by Detmar Jellings Blow, the innovative British Arts and Crafts architect of the early C20th (and SPAB celebrity), it is the sort of house that fills your spirit up to the very brim and makes your heart sing! INTERIORS: Blow met Ruskin in 1888, and… Continue reading Conservation Tour. Week 32 (Day Trip).
Week 32 has seen us at Stanway, an exceptionally beautiful Jacobean manor house in the roly-poly Cotswold hills of Gloucestershire. Owned by Tewkesbury Abbey for 800 years and more recently (the last 500 years) by the Tracy family and their descendants. The Earls of Wemyss still live there and warmly welcomed us this week. The… Continue reading Conservation Tour. Week 32.
Broughton Castle, home to the 21st Lord and Lady Saye & Sele, whose family name is Fiennes. The ownership of the Castle has remained in the same family since 1447. And this week - three lucky SPAB Scholars got to stay! The core of the house was built in 1306 and the gatehouse (below) in the early… Continue reading Conservation Tour. Week 31.
This week we headed East once again, back to Norfolk and to the beautiful Holkham Hall. This Palladian immensity of a building was built for Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, by the architect William Kent and aided by the architect and aristocrat Lord Burlington. It ticks lots of Pallaian'ism' boxes; Columns. Columns with acanthus leaf capitals at the top… Continue reading Conservation Tour. Week 30.
Week 29 marked the beginning of the Plunket phase of the scholarship, where things slow down for the final three months. In the Plunket phase, we spend a week or more at a Country House, learning about its operation, while also been given time to simply look and draw. (Yes, it does feel rather like a holiday!)… Continue reading Conservation Tour. Week 29.
A week in the South West. DAY 01: The first few days were spent with the wonderful Jo Hibbert, Architect and 2002 SPAB Scholar. DAY 02: Plymouth DAY 03: Soft-capping at Clarendon Palace Medieval Ruin and a royal residence during the Middle Ages. DAY 04: Bishops Palace, Wells, with Sally Strachey Historic Conservation… Continue reading Conservation Tour. Week 27.