Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Barrington Court - Somerset

This is another of the great homes that we all but lost.


There is evidence of a deer park and bare remains of a house that dates back to the 11th century, but the real story started in 1538 when construction of a grand Tudor house began. It was completed in 1550 and all was well for the next 150 years, but then a state of decline set in and the place was a shell when Alfred Hoare Powell took over in 1745.


Restoration work commenced and the house came alive again, until the second bout of total neglect. By the time it was passed to the National Trust in 1907 it was uninhabitable. Colonel Lyle began a programme of renovation in 1920, but the NT deemed it to be too expensive to restore to the state of its glory years.


Today the gardens are worth a visit and the house has its attractions, but it is empty of furniture and whatever glory is perceived is all in the mind.


 



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