On August 12th thirty eight people set off on the Edgar Wood Society’s visit to Pownall and Bramhall Halls. It was a wonderful day with so many beautiful objects to admire.
At Pownall the star of the show for many was the outstanding stained glass, probably by Carl Almquist of the Lancaster firm, Shrigley and Hunt. Pownall also gave us the opportunity to see the only known example of the Century Guild’s work in its original setting. Mackmurdo fireplaces, De Morgan tiles, Art Nouveau door hinges – an absolute feast for the senses! Have a look through the gallery below.
Then off to the recently restored Bramhall Hall where, in the 1880’s, George Faulkner Armitage restored the ancient hall for the Neville family. The ethos of the Arts and Crafts movement, of which Armitage was an early exponent, fitted perfectly with the historic old hall, and Armitage did a magnificent job in seamlessly blending the two eras. Here again we saw some lovely craftwork in wood and metal. At both places we had excellent, knowledgeable guides and we thank them for their welcome and enthusiasm.
Here is a gallery of Pownall Hall photos. A set on Bramhall Hall will come shortly.