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Snowshill Manor 1

Snowshill Manor was the home of Charles Paget Wade, architect and eccentric. He amassed a vast collection of craft objects which are housed in the Manor. He lived in an outbuilding round the corner from where this snap was taken. I'm not saying it is a big collection, but I wouldn't want to dust them. The garden was also designed by him and is another example of the Arts and Crafts movement. He left the house to the National Trust in 1951 and ironically died on a visit  in 1956. Snowshill is in the village of Broadway in Worcestershire which is the ultimate chocolate box cotswold village...too much so for my taste. Close by is the wonderfully named Fish Hill!

Snowshill Manor 1

Snowshill Manor was the home of Charles Paget Wade, architect and eccentric. He amassed a vast collection of craft objects which are housed in the Manor. He lived in an outbuilding round the corner from where this snap was taken. I'm not saying it is a big collection, but I wouldn't want to dust them. The garden was also designed by him and is another example of the Arts and Crafts movement. He left the house to the National Trust in 1951 and ironically died on a visit  in 1956. Snowshill is in the village of Broadway in Worcestershire which is the ultimate chocolate box cotswold village...too much so for my taste. Close by is the wonderfully named Fish Hill!

comments (25)

I like the patchwork of lines and angles, and the mix of textures. The inclusion of the plants lining the steps and wall enhances the composition.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Red Pen. Cotswold stone weathers beautifully.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Jul 2008, 02:14
The building, itself, looks a bit eccentric. The whole picture is a delight, Bill.
Bill Phillips: I suppose it is a bit. It has great charm
Agreed Bill - the manor is wonderful, Broadway not so. It is as if it has been designed for American visitors.

I didn't know dear old CPW died on a visit. Maybe the strain was too much for him.

Nice shot!
Bill Phillips: Nor did I until I was looking up for some information to put with the picture.
  • Kathryn
  • in my beloved south
  • 1 Jul 2008, 03:36
Bill, the way you've framed this is so inviting and makes it look like such a gentle place.
Bill Phillips: It is Kathryn. Cotswold stone is beautiful and weathers so wonderfully. The Cotswolds is well worth a visit to see what everybody thinks of as an English village. Broadway is too overdone though. There are far nicer villages
I love the look of those gorgeous old buildings. Very nice.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Michael. Snowshill has great charm.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 1 Jul 2008, 05:42
I love this photo. It's a likey for me, Bill. smile Great comp and framing.
Bill Phillips: Well thank you Kay. I'm delighted you like it so much.smile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jul 2008, 09:17
You could offer your services to the National Trust as a supplier of postcards - this one would do nicely! I like the perspective here - you feel like you are just about to walk up those steps. I only went in the garden when I visited, so missed the eccentric collections in the house. Agree with you about Broadway - imagine living in a place like that!
Ingrid
Bill Phillips: I would hate living in Broadway! We only went round the garden this time as the house takes hours!
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 1 Jul 2008, 09:17
Very well composed photograph, Bill. On a hyper-critical point, I think I would have liked to the the whole of the upper gable.
Bill Phillips: Not hyper-critical Chad, it's a fair point.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 1 Jul 2008, 09:42
Wow Bill I love this excellent photo
Bill Phillips: Thanks so much vintage...I like getting a wowsmile
idyllic looking...did you take any shots of the interior?
Bill Phillips: We didn't go into the main house this time, and photos are normally only allowed by special arrangement. Did get a couple of slightly fuzzy hand held shots in the outbuilding where Wade actually lived.
I know I'm always asking for an explanation of these terms but here I am again. What is chocolate box cotswold village?

Photo is very nice. I like the plant colours against the golds of the building.
Bill Phillips: No problem Mary. If you ever visit Droitwich I will be pleased to show you! Anyway. The Cotswolds is an area which comprises a part of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire and if you drew an area from about Bath to Oxford, up to Stratford upon Avon Down to Cheltenham and back to Bath. The area enclosed is roughly The Cotswolds. It is famous for its stone, and almost all the buildings in the area are built with it, certainly in the villages. Now Broadway is the ultimate tourist village. It is just too manicured to be real and is full of pretentious shops. So any picture of it is going to look like the sort of picture you used to get on the top of a box of chocolates that you bought for your grannie!

I hope this makes sense. smile
Superb composition Bill. I love the colours!
Bill Phillips: Thanks Richard. Cotswold stone is a dream for photographs!
  • Ginnie
  • a WiFi hotspot in Atl without dial tone at home
  • 1 Jul 2008, 14:53
If ever there were a painting, this is it, Bill. FABULOUS.
Bill Phillips: Hi Ginnie in a wifi hotspot! Thank you..I like fabulous even more than wow!
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands.
  • 1 Jul 2008, 15:00
Great tones here, love it, the steps lead me into this wonderful picture.
Bill Phillips: Thank you kind Astrid.
  • FLOOG
  • A quiet corner of Utopia
  • 1 Jul 2008, 15:27
A splendid photograph, Bill. I am drawn up the steps and in through the door, perfect
Bill Phillips: Thank you Sir Floog of Utopia.
This is a beautiful photo - if you like chocolate box and perfect postcards. It would also make a really great jigsaw puzzle.


What is under the bell gable? Looks like a Heath-Robinson mess of pipes or something. Is there a close up of that area lurking on your camera card?
Bill Phillips: Thanks Sheila. I have and I'll send it to you
Great composition Bill, everything is just right with this. I reckon you should publish all your National Trust pictures in their shops, I bet you'd make a fortune.
Bill Phillips: They seem to have a lot of their own Brian...not as good as mine of course HA HA HA
It brings back memories of my visit from at least ten years ago ...Nothing seems to have changed ...Well done Bill.
richard
Bill Phillips: It has been a while since we went. The house is much the same but I think they have changed the area where you go in. I didn't remember it being like it is now
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 1 Jul 2008, 20:45
great composition and framing Bill, looks a lovely place to visitsmile
Bill Phillips: It is Tim and the cotswolds generally are lovely
I just to go to Broadway a lot when I lived in the midlands but for some reason I never got to Snowshill Manor, I can now see what I missed, a fine image Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Les. Well worth a visit if you are down this way
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Jul 2008, 21:41
Oh lovely old merry England- my remembrances return.. I would like to go up the steps along the plants on the left side, passing the crucifixus, and then to look at the exhibition Of Sir Wade..I like the composition and the fine blue window-glasses!
Bill Phillips: Thanks Philine. Merry England. ruddy cheeked locals, Morris Dancing. We are a strange lot!
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 1 Jul 2008, 21:48
Looks like one can squeeze a dozen of decent images from this building, Bill. So much character in it.
Bill Phillips: Indeed Viktor. We only paid a fairly brief visit on our way back form somewhere else so no doubt will go again in the not too distant future. It is a lovely little Manor house
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 1 Jul 2008, 22:12
When you come in late it's all been said. So I'll just say ditto Bill, well done. Late shift yesterday, up early today for my biometric appointment.
Bill Phillips: Thanks vintage, Hope the biometric goes ok, whatever it istongue
Great composition. That stone, all aged and weathered is beautiful. Now I want to go explore!
Bill Phillips: There is a lot to explore! Wade was a great collector and you could spend all day in the house and not see it all!
Like most other comments, I agree. Very good colors, contrast & toning, composition and subject.

Also vignets in the corners are nice, except the one in the top right corner is a bit too strong.
Bill Phillips: Agreed...I had the polarising filter on and I think that was to blame

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