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Rodmarton Manor, Cirencester

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Rodmarton Manor is a large country house, in Rodmarton, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, built for the Biddulph family. It is a Grade I listed building. It was constructed in the early 20th century in an Arts and Crafts style, to a design by Ernest Barnsley. After Ernest's death in 1925, it was completed by Sidney Barnsley, his brother, and then by Norman Jewson, Ernest's son-in-law. All the construction materials were obtained locally, and hand worked by local craftsmen.

The three wings of the house are angled around a central, circular, lawned courtyard. The east wing, originally for servants, has been converted into flats, whilst the central "public" wing was not lived in by the family, instead being used for community teaching and events. Crafts were taught in the building and the vast majority of the furniture was commissioned for the house and built locally. The southern gardens used hedges to create specific spaces, giving the impression of exterior "rooms" next to the house, with an extensive kitchen garden which provided much of the food for the house. The house was described by the designer Charles Ashbee as the single best example of the Arts and Crafts movement.

During World War II, the house was used as an evacuation point for a London Catholic school, and a maternity house due to the shortage of midwives.
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  • Fantastic visit to the craft fair, excellent…highly recommended it was So interesting, lots of things to watch, awesome crafts, locally made. Def worth the money - £10 entrance def worth it 
    Fantastic visit to the craft fair, excellent…highly recommended it was So interesting, lots of things to watch, awesome crafts, locally made. Def worth the money - £10 entrance def worth it  more »
  • Delightful gardens, pretty even at the end of summer, surround this attractive Cotswold arts and crafts house, set amid glorious countryside. This is a wonderfully peaceful place in which to escape.....  more
    Delightful gardens, pretty even at the end of summer, surround this attractive Cotswold arts and crafts house, set amid glorious countryside. This is a wonderfully peaceful place in which to escape.....  more »
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  • Only got to see downstairs as it's a work in progress, love the arts and craft movement had a lovely walk around the Gardens I can't wait to go back and it's finished
  • Beautiful grounds interesting gardens. The snowdrop iris and hellebores were spectacular. The house was made from that wonderful mellow stone with lots of chimneys and a very romantic looking Romeo and Juliet balcony. Great basic tea room. Lovely surrounding countryside.

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