Sunday, April 17, 2005

Places to visit -- Tyntesfield

Places to visit - Properties - Tyntesfield | The National Trust: "Tyntesfield saved for the nation
In June 2002, the spectacular Victorian Gothic-Revival estate of Tyntesfield near Bristol was saved for the nation through the tremendous generosity of our supporters and a number of organisations. However, there is still a long way to go. It is vital that we continue to raise funds for the long-term care of Tyntesfield."

*Well underway with the inventory marking project which entails the individual marking of more than 40,000 objects in the house
* The garden gnome that belongs to the Head Gardener and likes to move about!
* The ongoing discovery of many new finds such as rare Victorian terracotta plant labels
* Gaining national recognition in awards including being highly commended for the British Guild of Travel Writers 2004 award for the Best UK Tourism Project 2004

BBC - Somerset - See Tyntesfield in 360 degrees

music warning = Country Life : Country

Tyntesfield takes its name from the Tynte family, first recorded at the estate in 1404. In 1643, when the royalist MP Sir Robert Tynte died, his seat in Wraxall was described as 'the ancient house of his ancestors'. However, his descendants preferred their other Somerset seat, Chelvey Court, five miles to the south, and Tynte's Place declined in status to a let farmhouse

In 1813, it was acquired by John Penrose Seymour who owned the estate that lies to the east, Belmont. Seymour's heir, the Revd George Turner Seymour, commissioned Robert Newton of Nailsea to rebuild Tynte's Place as a small Gothic mansion between 1836-40.

Norton's second rebuilding

The architect William Gibbs commissioned for the rebuilding was John Norton. Mr Norton was London-based but born in Bristol, a connection that brought him several important commissions in the area.

Trained by Benjamin Ferrey, the friend and biographer of A. W. N. Pugin, Norton ran a large and profitable practice, with projects ranging from the Winter Gardens at Great Yarmouth to a castle in Estonia. He built numerous churches in a fluent Puginian Gothic, laced with the sortof Continental references that became fashionable in the 1850s.

Norton was first consulted about alterations to Tyntesfield in 1859, but his final plans date from the spring of 1863. Work was in progress from October of that year untilthe end of 1865, when the family moved back in time for Christmas. The contractors were William Cubitt & Co, who reconstructed the house from stone quarried on the estate. It is faced with Bath stone and its ornamental carving is by a Mr Beates, whose naturalistic motifs were copied from local plants.

watching the BBC documentary as I write


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