Friday, 17 July 2015

6 of the best - 18th century houses you just have to see

There's nothing quite like the sights and sounds of the 18th century home to send you straight back in time. Try out these for size.

1. Dennis Severs' House, London
http://www.dennissevershouse.co.uk/

Dennis Severs' House describes itself as "breathtaking and an intimate portrait of the lives of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th Century". All I can say is it is absolutely fabulous. (Photo used from wikipedia)
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 2. Clandon Park

 
A Palladian mansion house, much destroyed by fire in April 2015. Now closed, but it was once a fabulous house.
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3. Gainsborough's House

http://www.gainsborough.org/

Birthplace Museum and Gallery of Thomas Gainsborough in Sudbury, Suffolk. (Photo from Gainsborough House twitter feed)
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4. Sarehole Mill, Hall Green

 

An 18th century working water mill and the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkein, who lived in Sarehole. (Photo via Sarehole Website)
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5. Georgian Dining Academy

I just had to include this. Not a house as such, but definitely worth attending one of their events if you get the chance
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6. Home House, private members club

 

Included because I love the idea of this, but I could never afford it. A private members club. Very 18th century, with a fabulous history all its own.
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Of course, this is just the tip of the 18th century iceberg as far as houses are concerned. More to come. Watch this space.

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