Visit: Strawberry Hill
8 September – 26 October 2010
A modest, late-17th century house owned by the retired coachman of the Earl of Bradford, Strawberry Hill was later transformed into a masterpiece of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture by Horace Walpole, man of letters and the son of England’s first Prime Minister.
Between 1747 and 1792, the original 5-acre site grew into a sprawling, picturesque creation – part monastery, part castle, part folly – with towers, turrrets and battlements.
The interiors continued the medieval theme, with fan-vaulted ceilings, massive chimneypieces and specially made Gothic-style furniture. Strawberry Hill is Britain’s finest example of Rococo Gothic architecture and interior decoration, and was highly influential in the development of Victorian Gothic building.
Dates for the visit are Wednesday 8 September and Tuesday 26 October 2010.
To book for this event, please call 0844 415 4151.