A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Friday, 13 March 2015
Last Sunday saw me family chauffeuring again and I had another hour to spare which resulted in my dashing over for a quick visit to Winterbourne House again. Don't be fooled by the colour of the sky in the photo below which was taken when I visited in February. When I arrived last weekend it was raining heavily so I decided to have a look round the House.
Winterbourne is an Arts and Crafts House which has recently been restored and opened to the public in 2010. The house was built in the early 1900's for John Sutton Nettlefold and his family. Local architect JL Ball was commissioned to design the house in the Arts and Crafts style. John Nettlefold worked for the family firm Nettlefold Ltd which manufactured screws. In 1902, following a merger, the Company was renamed Guest Keen and Nettlefold. John and his wife Margaret moved into the house in 1904. The house was built to a "North Corridor" plan which meant all the main rooms had the maximum light and views. The rooms today reflect the day to day life of a wealthy Edwardian family.
The Morning Room
This Magic Lantern was producing a moving talking silhouette
which actually I found rather spooky!
The Drawing Room
I looked round the house interior a few years ago when I first visited Winterbourne but I think only the downstairs rooms were open then. Now you can also see upstairs.
This display case contains various items found around the gardens - a lovely idea I thought.
One room held what looked a very interesting exhibition on the World Wars but it was very busy in there and I only had about ten minutes remaining so
I looked into the Nursery which was a total delight.
There are several other bedrooms to visit.
Note the warming pan on the bed in this photo!
Display of Magic Lanterns.
Magic Lanterns were invented in the 17th century but became very popular in the late 19th and early 20th Century. Oil, lamplight and eventually electricity were used to project images from glass slides onto a wall or screen. Colour images could be shown accompanied by music and narration. In the days before tv and the cinema, shows often took place in village halls.
The Nettlefolds owned and used their own Magic Lantern.
This is one of my favourite paintings. The original can be seen in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It was painted by John Byam Lister Shaw and is entitled "The Boer War" 1901.
This bedroom belonged to the Nanny/Governess.
My mother once owned (and used!!) a sewing machine just like this.
I am not sure who might have been lurking behind this door!
The house is a total delight to visit and I wish I had had more time as there was so much to see and read.
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