Something different for Heritage Open Days?

With Hollins Hill, the Arts and Crafts house hosting the Haworth Art Gallery, being closed for this year’s Heritage Open Days, you may be interested in visiting an Arts & Crafts Movement church instead.

St Martin’s Church, Low Marple in north Cheshire will open for two days of Heritage Open Days.

Friday 18 September 2020, 14.00-18.00

Saturday 19 September 2020, 10.00-15.00

St.Martin’s Church, Brabyns Brow, Marple Bridge, Marple, Stockport SK6 5DT

Next to Marple Railway Station.

Covid-secure arrangements observed.

Saint Martin’s Church is a blend of early and high Arts & Crafts design. The main part of the church was built in 1870 while the The Lady Chapel and north aisle belong to the same Arts & Crafts period as Hollins Hill. The chapel even has a similar curved plaster ceiling, showing how different Arts and Crafts designers often worked in similar ways. The church contains art works by William Morris, Dante Gabrielle Rosetti, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Maddox Brown and Christopher Whall.

The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts

Nothing to do while staying indoors or self isolating?

Why not put your feet up and enjoy this series where modern crafts people go back in time to live the life and reproduce the work of the Arts and Crafts pioneers. Click here. It’s laid back and very enjoyable.

The Arts and Crafts house where the action takes place is a relatively late example built in the early 1920s. You can see clear similarities with our Hollins Hill, aka Haworth Art Gallery in the images above.

The house is Wyndcliffe Court, which lies half a mile north of the village of St. Arvans, Monmouthshire, Wales. It is listed Grade II* and was completed in 1922

Visit to Hampstead Garden Suburb

I have spent a happy afternoon photographing Hampstead Garden Suburb which I have been studying over the past year. It was dsigned around the same time as Hollins Hill, the original name of the Haworth, and to the same Arts & Crafts principles. The master planners were Sir Raymond Unwin and Barry Parker, who also jointly designed Letchworth Garden City while Wythenshaw, Manchester was designed by Barry Parker. Hampstead is the most famous of all the pioneer Garden Suburbs and its buildings, layouts, gardens and planting are all intensely artistic in their design.

St. Jude’s Church above was designed by Edwin Lutyens, “the Brierley of the south” (to reverse how Walter Brierley who designed the Haworth, is often described).

The suburb’s Trust website with more photos is HERE

David M