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Re: [Churchcrawling] Tyntesfield Chapel Somerset Part one [7 Attachments]

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  • marion
    Sumptuous. I d love to see it and the house. I see Gibbs was responsible for Clifton Hampden church, Oxon, which we visited on an AGM many years ago - amongst
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 1 11:45 AM
      Sumptuous. I'd love to see it and the house. I see Gibbs was responsible for Clifton Hampden church, Oxon, which we visited on an AGM many years ago - amongst others. Marion

      On 1 Apr 2013, at 09:14, Chris Stafford wrote:

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      > Tyntesfield Chapel
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      > Tyntesfield is a recent addition to the National Trust collection of properties, I remember seeing some pictures from Phil, who has visited this house recently. The Gibbs family made their money out of guano, I bet that stops the conversation, ‘What do you do?’ ‘Oh, I sell bird sh*t!’ Anyway shrewd investment in bird do do meant the family were able to invest in some serious real estate, in serious Victorian High Gothic style. The house has only been open a few years and the car park was already half full when we pulled up, it attracts some serious numbers of visitors.
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      > The house is full of Gothic features, it's a bit of a odd house, somewhat unbalanced, Queen Mary described it as ugly, I'm sure that did not stop her pocketing some of the silver! The attraction for the Churchcrawler is Blomfields remarkable chapel, which dominates the whole building. It is freestanding, but is accessed from the house by an elevated corridor. In the connecting corridor is a remarkable paper model by Blomfield of the chapel, this model makes it easy to see the building is based on the French late medieval style and even more wonderful is that the model is detailed inside with High Victorian Gothic features. Turning to the chapel itself the glass is by Powells including a fine rose window by James Powell himself, the nave windows are by Harry Ellis Wooldridge. The mosaics on the floor and behind the altar were designed by Blomfield and are done by the Venice and Murano Glass and Mosaic Co, they are of superb quality, on the floor are some very rare Blue John mineral squares. There are some excellent memorial crosses on the wall, but the crypt is empty as the chapel was never consecrated (the local vicar at Wraxall objected to loosing so many potential souls to save) so funerals and weddings are held at Wraxall church.
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      > Pictures here were hand held as the National Trust are happy for pictures to be taken inside these days but do not encourage tripods, which is common sense when the property is as busy as Tyntesfield was, so the usual 'please excuse odd angles', as I was trying to use items of furniture as impromptu tripods!
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      > Attachment(s) from Chris Stafford
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      > 7 of 7 Photo(s)
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      > Tyntesfield E.jpgTyntesfield D.jpgTyntesfield c.jpgTyntesfield B.jpgTyntesfield House Hall gothic.jpgTyntesfield House dining room gothic.jpgTyntesfield A.jpg
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