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Rodmarton Manor, Cirencester

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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.

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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  • We had a very pleasant afternoon visiting this garden. Open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons 2 - 5 pm. There is no need to book in advance and everything appears “normal”. No one way as there is.....  more »
  • The loveliest gardens I have been to, out of many. Such variety, so interesting, so beautifully kept, and still they feel used and loved. We were given a fascinating quick talk about the place by...  more »
  • Only got to see downstairs as it's a work in progress, love the arts and craft movement had a lovely walk around the Gardens I can't wait to go back and it's finished
  • Beautiful grounds interesting gardens. The snowdrop iris and hellebores were spectacular. The house was made from that wonderful mellow stone with lots of chimneys and a very romantic looking Romeo and Juliet balcony. Great basic tea room. Lovely surrounding countryside.

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