Category Archives: Arts & Crafts Architecture

Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire – A Moated Manor House

For many English people in the 19th century the idea of the moated English manor house with its small agrarian community and long history going back to the Anglo-Saxons connoted the quintessence of their national identity. Baddesley Clinton could well … Continue reading

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Packwood House – “Restoration” and Reclamation

Between 1924 and 1932, a Midlands businessman, Graham Baron Ash  undertook the transformation of what had started life as an Elizabethan Farm house and outbuildings in Warwickshire (he used his middle name Baron, it was not a title). Packwood House … Continue reading

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Canons Ashby – An English Manor House

Canons Ashby was the home of the Drydens, a family of modest, literary Northampton-shire squires. In 1551 John Dryden (d.1584) inherited the property which was at that time just a small farm house and had been part of the nearby, … Continue reading

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Blackwell – The Integrated Arts and Crafts Interior

Blackwell in Cumbria is probably the finest publicly accessible Arts and Crafts period house in England. Designed as a holiday home in 1898 and completed in 1901 for Sir Edward Holt by the Isle of Man architect Mackay Hugh Baillie … Continue reading

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Cragside – “The Palace of a Modern Magician”

 William George Armstrong (1810-1900) a scientist, technical innovator and one of the most successful industrialists of his generation was born into a respectable middle class farming and merchant family in Newcastle and was eventually to be client for one of … Continue reading

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Wightwick Manor – Aestheticism and Pre-Raphaelites

The architect Edward Ould (1852–1909) designed Wightwick Manor just west of Wolverhampton in the English West-Midlands in 1887 and then added to it 1892-93 for Theodore and Flora Mander and their family. The Manders were long established owners of a … Continue reading

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Stoneywell Cottage – Arts and Crafts Ideology and Contradiction

The City of Leicester is well-known for its connections to the Arts and Crafts movement for instance with the Leicester School of Art and the Dryad Cane and Metal works. The purchase by the National Trust in 2013 of Stoneywell … Continue reading

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Eilean Donan Castle – Models and Projection Mapping

Visiting historic buildings rarely comes more spectacular (in a rugged grandeur kind of way) than a visit to Eilean Donan Castle This 13th century icon of Scottish medieval architecture sits on a tidal island in Loch Duich near the Isle … Continue reading

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Isaac Barradale and No.3 Greyfriars

Modelling parts of cities we often come across interesting architectural connections. This is a good example, it’s St. George’s Chambers at No.3 Greyfriars in Leicester, which was originally the offices of Isaac Barradale FRIBA (1845-1892) a leading architect in the … Continue reading

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