Ernest Barnsley who built Rodmarton Manor was a follower of William Morris, who was one of the leaders of the English Arts and Crafts Movement towards the end of the 19th Century. CR Ashbee was impressed when he visited Rodmarton in 1914 and he wrote “I’ve seen no modern work to equal it, nothing I know of Lutyens or Baker comes up to it. And when I ask why I find the answer in the system, the method rather than the man. It is a house built on the basis not of contract but of confidence, and Barnsley has been allowed a free hand to put all his personal knowledge and techniques into the work. The English Arts and Crafts Movement at its best is here – so are the vanishing Traditions of the Cotswolds”.
Rodmarton Manor is off the A433 between Cirencester and Tetbury. If approaching from the Stroud direction turn off the A419 at Jolly Nice/Frampton Mansell junction. Please note this is a narrow lane unsuitable for coaches, which should head to Cirencester and approach via A433.
Meet at 1.45pm for 2pm tour of the house, followed by a walk around the garden. Tea and cake will be served at 4.45 pm.
Further details see: Rodmarton Manor.
Please send your cheques paid to ESU to Dr Jan Carter:
Oxon OX5 1JY
ESU charity reg no: 273136
Or pay via BACS:
Coutts &Co, a/c 01817590, sort 18-00-02,
Please inform Dr Carter (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to attend.