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Tyntesfield Revealed

The wraps are off, the scaffolding is down and Tyntesfield is revealed in all its Victorian Gothic splendour. If you haven't been then you really should. It is just the most wonderful house. And to think, the Gibb family who built it made their money out of guano. They had a monopoly on the guano from Peru and sold it as fertilizer, making a fortune. So it is true the old saying..."where there's muck there's brass"

Tyntesfield Revealed

The wraps are off, the scaffolding is down and Tyntesfield is revealed in all its Victorian Gothic splendour. If you haven't been then you really should. It is just the most wonderful house. And to think, the Gibb family who built it made their money out of guano. They had a monopoly on the guano from Peru and sold it as fertilizer, making a fortune. So it is true the old saying..."where there's muck there's brass"

comments (27)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Mar 2011, 01:04
So...umh...where are the gargoyles, then?
Bill Phillips: Bound to be some somewhere Ray
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Mar 2011, 04:57
Tulips will be out soon too.
LOL @ Ray.
We say 'Money does not have a smell' (Geld stink niet)
Wonderful house and very nice captured.
Bill Phillips: They will indeed. We also went to Buckland Abbey (home of Sir Francis Drake) and there there were more daffodils than you could shake a stick at!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Mar 2011, 06:21
Ahh - a fine portrait of a terrific place by a wonderful photographer: what more could you desire on a Monday morning
Bill Phillips: I blush humbly
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Mar 2011, 07:01
Fabulous wide-angle shot of this structure, Bill, on a gorgeous day. I'd love to visit it one day.
Bill Phillips: I hope you do Ginnie. We plan to go again later this year. I just love the place
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Mar 2011, 07:52
Oh, what a gem of building - Victorian Gothic splendour indeed- with some Mediterranean or South-American flair - recalling the great times of the Empire of Common-wealth! Yes, like Astrid we too know the saying "Geld stinkt nicht/pecunia non olet" - a wonderful photo -and I would like to visit Tyntesfield one day.
Bill Phillips: You would love the chapel Philine, it is like a miniature cathedral
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Mar 2011, 08:08
So why the saying of 'no mucking around'? It is crazy how many people made a fortune out of guano in South Africa and Namibia.
This is quite a house, but I see no swimming pool.
Bill Phillips: They weren't big on swimming pools in the 19th century Louis
Gorgeous, and majestic!
Bill Phillips: It is and even more so in tomorrow's picture!
Fine building.

I thought Gibb was well known for it's toothpaste ... Surely they didn't turn guano into .... no surely not.
Bill Phillips: Gibbs SR same colour......................
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Mar 2011, 09:55
Fine piece of symmetry Bill, and not a speck of pigeon poop to be seen ;o)
Bill Phillips: YET!!! You are allowed to take pictures inside...you and Ingrid would have a field day here!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 21 Mar 2011, 10:01
Excellent capture of a fab building
Bill Phillips: Thank you vintage. It is a wonderful house and probably the finest example of a Victorian gothic house in the country
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 21 Mar 2011, 10:22
some nice castle there
Bill Phillips: It is just a house smile Mind you it is some house!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Mar 2011, 10:25
I googled a bit- perhaps also interesting for the other viewers?
"...William Gibbs was deeply religious (Anglican) - as was his wife, the beautiful Matilda Blanche Crawley-Boevey. But life at Tyntesfield was not all piety. Private theatricals were often held in the library. Together they had a large Victorian family that ran to seven children and 18 grandchildren!
Being a high-flying businessman, William Gibbs was often in London. He kept a house in Hyde Park Gardens from where he would regularly walk to the City - always with cane in hand. William could often be found at the docks inspecting the huge piles of guano outside the warehouses..."
Bill Phillips: His brother was a banker too i believe. It was his agent in Peru who advised William to buy the Guano I think, good advice as it turned out!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 21 Mar 2011, 11:13
I shall go, you have convinced me Bill.
Bill Phillips: Good...you will not regret it.
A beautiful capture with fantastic clarity in image. It is an amazing house.
Bill Phillips: It is stunning Laurette. I just love it!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Mar 2011, 13:03
It is a splendid looking pile. I'm glad they managed to save it for the nation. It's on my 'to visit' list.
Bill Phillips: You won't regret it Ingrid. Mind you go during the week if you can as it is getting very busy at the weekends!
A majestic residence and surprisingly warm and inviting, also. A clean, crisp image, Bill.
Bill Phillips: It is a real house if you know what i mean. Many of the rooms inside are very cosy!
It does look a fine building Bill.
Bill Phillips: go and see it if you can Brian, you will love it I am sure. They allow photography inside
Quite a nice looking building Bill.
Fine capture!
Bill Phillips: If you like Victorian Gothic then this has to be one of the best.
What an amazing pad. All that from a huge pile of bird sh-t!
Bill Phillips: Basically yes!
very stately indeed Bill,we don't build em like that any more,fine shot sirsmile
Bill Phillips: The old Victorians didn't do things by halves Tim!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Mar 2011, 18:30
So is this what you were showing us the other day and saying it was the Hive? wink wink

No, I do recall you mentioning this over a Clent Hill bacon butty. Its a magnificent building and fine piece of restoration by the look of it.
Bill Phillips: Hahahaha! If the hive looked like this I would be a very happy bunny!
Oooh, fabulous building, very nice Bill smile
Bill Phillips: It is worth a trip over the Severn bridge Linda!
Nice symmetry and colour
Bill Phillips: Thanks John, it is a wonderful house
Grand! And there's a nice 3D feel to the photo...
Bill Phillips: Thank you. It is a beautiful house
Now that is a fine piece of Victorian gothic!
Bill Phillips: It sure is!
  • Penny
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Mar 2011, 10:01
This is somewhere I've always wanted to go, Bill, and I wish I'd managed it while it was still in its tatty glory. I am a lifetime member of the National Trust, and used to work for them. I hope they haven't 'National Trustified' it too much. As you know, I like a bit of grot and disorder grin
Bill Phillips: They are doing a great job of restoring it back to its glory Penny. Still plenty of untidy bits tongue
Ah, yes. Same architect as yesterday's? Good symmetry.
Bill Phillips: LOL! I think not!

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