Sunnycroft

by Helen Hooker March. 23, 2018 578 views

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.

I wonder what sort of dogs lived in these kennels?

I wonder what sort of dogs lived in these kennels?

This young lady was very curious about me and my camera!

This young lady was very curious about me and my camera!

Some of Joan Lander's own kitchen utensils, which have remained in the kitchen since her death in 1997

Some of Joan Lander's own kitchen utensils, which have remained in the kitchen since her death in 1997

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.

One of the volunteers, dressed in period costume, kindly posed for a portrait

One of the volunteers, dressed in period costume, kindly posed for a portrait

Looking up the grand staircase

Looking up the grand staircase

Almost every room has a grand fireplace

Almost every room has a grand fireplace

Inside the billiard room

Inside the billiard room

I wonder which member of the family this coat belonged to?

I wonder which member of the family this coat belonged to?

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.

A Broadwood pianola, with Joan Lander's needlework sitting nearby

A Broadwood pianola, with Joan Lander's needlework sitting nearby

This unassuming wooden chair also unfurls to become a set of steps for the library

This unassuming wooden chair also unfurls to become a set of steps for the library

The linen press has been turned into storage for the many bottles found in the bathrooms - a real treasure trove of potions that are no longer for sale!

The linen press has been turned into storage for the many bottles found in the bathrooms - a real treasure trove of potions that are no longer for sale!

Colour samples of embroidery thread on the desk

Colour samples of embroidery thread on the desk

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.

No shortage of terracotta pots in the gardener's shed

No shortage of terracotta pots in the gardener's shed

I found these oil cans in the old stables, where the Daimler is now housed

I found these oil cans in the old stables, where the Daimler is now housed

An impressive collection of Wellingtonia trees leads you up the drive to the house. I left my fellow visitors in to give an idea of scale!

An impressive collection of Wellingtonia trees leads you up the drive to the house. I left my fellow visitors in to give an idea of scale!

23 March 2018

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Scribe 1 year, 8 months ago

I think you've just made these parts of the past 
more cherished than it used to be. 

XOXO. Thank you.

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