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.Make Rodmarton Manor part of your personalized Cirencester itinerary using our Cirencester day trip site.
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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Lovely house with helpful staff. Enjoyed exploring the gardens. Would highly recommend. Had an enjoyable afternoon.
Lovely house with helpful staff. Enjoyed exploring the gardens. Would highly recommend. Had an enjoyable afternoon. more »
The gardens were amazing but the house was so beautiful too. A very ‘personal’ house because the family live there. It has a lovely atmosphere and is very welcoming. The staff, both in the house and..... more
The gardens were amazing but the house was so beautiful too. A very ‘personal’ house because the family live there. It has a lovely atmosphere and is very welcoming. The staff, both in the house and..... more »
Wonderful look into the arts and crafts Era. Beautiful craftsmanship indoors and garden areas. A must see.
Wonderful Arts and Crafts artefacts.
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