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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Sunday at Tyntesfield

 Tyntesfield is a recent acquisition by the National Trust. In 2002 a very rare opportunity presented itself to the Trust, when Wraxall Estate came on the market, following the death of Lord Wraxall. However, the Trust could not do it alone and had to appeal to the public. In just 100 days the public collected £8.2 million. Together with a single largest grant by the National Heritage Memorial Fund, and a grant from the National Lottery for the restoration work, Tyntesfield was saved for the nation and can now be enjoyed by all.

Tyntesfield was a home to 4 generations of Gibbs family, who made their money in fertiliser, which came from South American guano. This made William Gibbs one the richest man in England. He bought the original Regency house in 1843 and in 1863 started a rebuilding work which resulted in Victorian Gothic Revival house we see today. There was no expense spared. The house was the first one in the area to have electricity, from their own generator and central heating, powered by steam.

Very little of the original house can be seen now, only some simple straight lines give us a clue where the original Regency part of the house is.

Tyntesfield is also unique, because it was lived in until 2001 and it was sold including all the furniture and fittings, be it in a neglected state. 50,000 items have been listed to date, many of them still in storage. The priority, following the purchase of the house, was to make it secure against elements, so until early this year it was hidden behind a scaffolding. You can watch the unveiling here.

We have been planning to visit for some time. This weekend was our last chance this year, as the house is now being "put to bed" for the winter, as the Trust calls it.
To protect the interior, the daylight is kept to the minimum and camera flash not allowed, but I took as many pictures as I could to show your this beautiful house.


These are animal bones, which were found below the bathroom floor, in 6" deep layer.
They were there to absorb moisture. The original dehumidifier?

The Gibbs family chapel.

The restoration work is still going on and it will be a long time before all is repaired, cleaned and on display. For myself, I was little disappointed by the shortage of interesting textiles, which are probably still in storage. I look forward to coming back in a year or two, to see the progress.

You can read more about the history of this wonderful place here and here.


  1. What interesting places you get to visit Radka. It was wonderful to be aquainted with this fabulous building and I will look foward to an update at a later stage. Take care.

  2. The English people are so fortunate to have all these wonderful treasures and to be able to visit them and see into the lives of those who lived in these amazing homes so many years ago.

  3. ciao...finalmente con un po' di tempo ho visto il tuo album di tuoi lavori sono stupendi! ma sai fare tutto!!!!!......e poi hai molta fantasia....tornerò a trovarti...

  4. Che meraviglia Radka!!!!!!!
    E' un vero spettacolo, grazie per aver postato una cosa tanto interessante.
    Ti invito a visitare il mio blog a presto

  5. with great joy i have read your Report ! Also liked your embroidery !

  6. A delightful place to visit. Thankyou for taking the time to show us your photographs.I always enjoy your outings Radka.

  7. A truly breathtaking place Radka. The wood carvings/turnings are just spectacular!! So much work to be done yet though I'm sure, and unfortunately an expensive process. Thank you again for sharing this delight with us. Without your sightseeing guides, I would never know such places exist!!

  8. Wonderful blog, Radka!
    Such a beautiful Manor or castle, Tyntesfield. Also this reminds me of my time at Osberton Hall near Worksop, by far not as wealthy as this one, but same style. I was there for one year.

  9. Dear Radka,
    Thank you for this nice report, it seems to be worth to get visited -
    many regards from windy and cold Austria

  10. Thank you for the wonderful story on Tyntesfield Radka.I so enjoyed the photos showing the beautiful interior,chapel and grounds.
    Your work is beautiful,I wish I had your experience and knowledge in the crafts you do.

  11. What a wonderful place....animal bones as a dehumidifier....who would have thought


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