From an early age, primary school in fact, our MD has had a fascination for old buildings, the furniture of the period and the lives of the people. At that time, factual information was more lacking than it is now, our old school books somewhat of the 'looking back with rose tinted glasses' portrayal. Being less concerned with the heavy academic side of things, he was (and still is) more focused on the 'atmosphere' of the period. That is anything between the 1400's to the 1700's. Or maybe even earlier or later!
25 Jun 2017 historic-britain
Bodiam Castle is late medieval moated castle, a Scheduled Monument and Grade I Listed. It is situated near the village of Robertsbridge, in East Sussex, about 28 miles and an hour away from our oak reproduction furniture showroom. Built by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge in 1385, it was always intended to be both a... Read more >>
31 May 2017 historic-britain
Great Dixter, as we see today in these photos, or indeed you can visit and see for yourself, is a combination of the original mid-15th century building, the work and vision of its early 20th century owner, Nathaniel Lloyd, together with his shrewdly appointed architect, Edwin Lutyens, as well as the further... Read more >>
20 May 2017 historic-britain
A picture of tranquillity, from the Fawsley Estate in Northants. The church of St Mary the Virgin, was granted Grade I Listed status in 1968 and dates back to the early 13th century. It’s isolation we see today, is a consequence of the surrounding village being destroyed by the Knightley family, during the... Read more >>
30 Jul 2016 historic-britain
We've recently had the pleasure of supplying Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre, a much restored timber framed hall house in Uckfield, Sussex, with a Medieval style oak trestle table and 16th century style oak form, for display and historic demonstration, in the first floor chamber of what was once the great... Read more >>
18 Jul 2016 historic-britain
The photograph below actually shows the Victorian reconstruction of the exterior, carried out between 1857 and 1864, which was based on a sketch from 1762, by Richard Greene. The building itself is considered of no particular architectural merit, its value attributed entirely to its connection to Shakespeare.... Read more >>
26 Mar 2016 historic-britain
The first question is, why Cowfold? Well yes, on the face of it, it does seem a tad random. But it's one of those villages that I've driven through countless times, on my way to clients, to see suppliers, on a jolly etc. etc. but never stopped (never time), parked up and had just at least a half an hour's... Read more >>
17 Jan 2014 historic-britain
In February 2013, six students from DeMontfort University, Leicester, embarked on an ambitious project to re-create a 3D image of how London may have looked around the Pudding Lane area, just before the Great Fire in 1666. Using historic maps from the British Library, together with cutting edge CGI software,... Read more >>
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