Tag Archives: arts & crafts

A Webb of intrigue: one hundred years on from Philip Webb (1831 – 1915)

To mark the centenary of someone’s death may seem morbid but to be worth noting a century later they must truly have been a significant influence.  Philip Speakman Webb, who died in January 1915, certainly can occupy that pantheon of those architects … Continue reading

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‘Floats like a butterfly’: the flights of the remarkable butterfly houses; Happisburgh Manor for sale

The design of country houses has been influenced by many things; politics, religion, the Greeks, the Romans, India, to name a few – but it’s rare for an insect to do so.  Yet for hundreds of years, the humble butterfly … Continue reading

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If a moat floats your boat: for sale; Playford Hall and Giffords Hall, Suffolk

Moated houses are an architectural short cut to a more functional time when where a family lived had to be defensible and not simply a place of relaxation.  Today, of course, we admire them for their ancient charm, the weathered … Continue reading

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When bling attacks: Ollerton Grange, Cheshire

A constant danger for smaller, less historic – but no less attractive – country houses is when the local area becomes more fashionable with an influx of newer, brasher ideas which can be unsympathetic to the original designs. Ollerton Grange … Continue reading

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