Saturday, 18 June 2011

Images of .... Blackwell

Blackwell, in the English Lake District, is Britain's finest surviving Arts & Crafts house. It was built in 1900 by H M Baillie Scott on the hillside above Windermere, as a holiday home for a wealthy Manchester businessman, Sir Edward Holt, and his family.
 

The Arts and Crafts Movement was a reaction aginst the increasing dominance of mechanisation brought about by the Industrial Revolution.  Championed by John Ruskin and William Morris, it sought to re-establish the importance and worth of designer-craftsmen and promoted beauty, simplicity and practicality in the home.


The lovely house has a wealth of fine detail, both inside and outside (though no photography is allowed inside).



It's not a huge house but it is full of delightful and interesting stuff: furniture and other objects from the period.  Run by the Lakeland Arts Trust, it has frequent exhibitions - and a lovely gift-shop and tea-room.  Well worth a visit.


 The gardens were originally laid out by Thomas Mawson, as a series of terraces.




They are very peaceful, and offer lovely views over the lake.

5 comments:

  1. I'd love to have tea there! Nice to see it kept up and beautiful! The details are amazing!

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  2. Yesterday, I watched a movie, "the Lady Windermer's fan"..I can easily imagine wat it could be to live there. And I'd like to live there by myself to enjoy it! I like every of these pictures, gardens, flowers , architecture.. such a lovely british mood!

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  3. Beautiful photography, Jenny, and a wonderful site, well preserved. I see from the last shot you were faced with a little summer-time haze. Still, a beautiful shot. Jim

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  4. Having spent nearly two decades in the arts and crafts industry, I'd sure enjoy a peek inside. And your exterior images of the building are wonderful.

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  5. This is beautiful, Jenny! Such a lovely old building, charming gardens, imposing doorway! Wish you could have shown us inside, too, but I do understand the NO PHOTOGRAPHS ruling...crafts folk have to protect their creations. Same rule applies here.

    I hope you having a really GOOD BREAK!!!

    Hugs,
    Des xoxo

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