Archive Gems

We are lucky to have many gems in the archives at Godinton, among them is this Liberty & Co drawing of the alterations Lillie Bruce Ward made to the Gallery in 1925, opening up the west wall and creating a carved screen and gallery onto the Great Hall, giving us the impressive view we see from the Great Hall today. This alteration has also been a benefit to the House Team when decorating the Christmas tree in the Great Hall, allowing access to the top of the tree! Lillie kept meticulous records of her acquisitions and employed Liberty & Co to carry out many alterations and decorations following her purchase of the house and estate in 1919. The House Team has just begun the process of preparing the public rooms for opening later in the spring. This work will include carefully removing the build-up of dust from the carved screens in the Gallery. This is one of the more feminine rooms at Godinton, and one of my favourites, sometimes referred to as the Needlework Room as it is home to a fine collection of framed needlework pictures from the 18th century.  It has a strong French influence, including a pretty Aubusson carpet, a set of early Victorian Louis XV style chairs and a decorative gilt ormolu bracket clock by Michau of Paris.