I hit the road again this morning, heading north west to Shrewsbury. Naturally I sought out somewhere to visit en-route and ended up at Sunnycroft, a Victorian villa just outside Telford. Built in 1880, it ended up in the hands of the Lander family from 1912 until 1997 and the displays inside tell their story.
As is my usual practice, I took a sedate stroll around the building, taking in all the details and drinking in the atmosphere. The Landers were fairly self-sufficient, growing their own produce in the large gardens and rearing livestock so, although the house looks quite grand, the family weren’t particularly extravagant in their lifestyle. Today there are still some chickens in the garden (one of whom took an interest in my camera!) and the glasshouse was full of plants.
Inside the house, the lighting was quite subdued but very atmospheric and I found lots of interesting spots to photograph. Joan Lander, the last member of the family to live at Sunnycroft, had a great talent for needlework and signs of this can be seen all over the house. She was even responsible for some of the gold embroidery on the coronation robe of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
By the time I’d seen all of the house the staff were beginning to close up for the day so I took a short stroll in the grounds before leaving. In the stables I found all sorts of gardening bits and bobs, and in the stables I found the family Daimler, tucked up in an air conditioned tent to keep it rust-free.
23 March 2018