Salvage and restoration

by Helen Hooker May. 22, 2017 2020 views

I love the carvings on the front door of Barrington Court - including a very vane monkey holding a mirror!

I can never resist an interesting piece of door furniture

During my recent trip to Somerset I had the pleasure of visiting Barrington Court and what a gem it is!  I took so many photos it's taken me a week to work through them so I could really do them justice in my blog post for the day I spent there. 

Looking up at one of the chandaliers

Barrington Court was owned by Colonel Abram Arthur Lyle.  As well as being one half of the Tate and Lyle sugar refining empire Lyle had a passion for salvaging antique woodwork.  Barrington court, a Tudor manor house, became partly derelict during the nineteenth century and ended up being used as a farmhouse and cider store.  It was bought by the National Trust in 1907, one of the first house in its collection.  It was leased by the Trust to Lyle and, together with the architect James Edwin Forbes, he fully restored the building, using much of his salvaged woodwork to create the current interiors.

The Long Gallery at the top of the house is wonderfully atmospheric.

Normally it would seem very odd to visit a house like this with almost no furniture but somehow at Barrington Court it seems the right way to view the spaces Lyle and Forbes created.  The lack of content draws the eye to the gorgeous oak panelling and architectural details and I found myself discovering architectural gems everywhere. 

Looking up through one of the staircases

The original Tudor fireplace in the kitchen

I don't think I've ever seen such an ornate door latch before

As well as restoring the interior, Lyle commissioned the noted horticulturalist Gertrude Jekyll to create the formal gardens and they provide a beautiful contrast to the buildings.  I was particularly taken with the rather derelict stables which are wonderfully atmospheric and I could have spent hours there enjoying the rough hewn textures of the wood and stonework

14 May 2017

One of the formal gardens, overlooking the Strode - originally the stable block

Inside the stables

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Quatisha Williams 2 years, 3 months ago

I don't know if you live in a pretty cool and beautiful place... or if you just have the eye to capture the surroundings and make them look gorgeous. Heck I'm sure its both!

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Priti Yadav 2 years, 4 months ago

wonderful. Historical journey should say. I read about somerset.. great to see these lovely pictures.

Thank you so much for sharing !! be blessed !! :) <3

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Helen Hooker Replied to Priti Yadav 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you so much Priti!

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 4 months ago

#14 wins the day imho. :-)

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Helen Hooker Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you Antonio - that's my favourite too!

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Riyaz 2 years, 4 months ago

What a beautiful set! Lovely

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Helen Hooker Replied to Riyaz 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you Riyaz!

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Jim Hooker 2 years, 4 months ago

Lovely set, Helen. As a woodworker, the amount of work in all that beautiful oak linen-fold panelling in #5 is mind bogggling. From the days when even very skilled labour was cheap.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Jim Hooker 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you! I thought you'd like these - you should visit if you go to Somerset

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 4 months ago

Great series.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you!

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