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DateEvent
15 March 2017The Story of Endsleigh House 1809-14 (morning). Followed by a visit to the house and grounds (afternoon).
09 November 2016The Glory That Was Greece. The Grandeur That Was Rome.
02 March 2016Looking after Antique Furniture
11 November 2015The Genius that is Michelangelo: a celebration of his life and works
11 March 2015The Pre-Raphaelites

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The Story of Endsleigh House 1809-14 (morning).
Followed by a visit to the house and grounds (afternoon).
Keir Davidson Wednesday 15 March 2017

Above: Repton's proposed view from Endsleigh House.

A day of contrast. In the morning, at Liskeard Public Hall, Keir Davidson introduces us to Georgina Russell, Duchess of Bedford, and Endsleigh House, built for her and the Duke early in the 19th Century, in a "picturesque" style, with a Scottish architectural flavour. Humphrey Repton was commissioned to landscape the gardens, having made a considerable reputation with his work locally - Anthony House, Port Eliot, and Pentillie Castle.

In the afternoon, we visit Endsleigh House to see for ourselves what he achieved, under the expert guidance of Keir, who is the author of a major study on Repton's labours in the Tamar Valley. Afterwards, we have an opportunity to take tea at Endsleigh, now an elegant luxury hotel, restored and refurbished by Olga Polizzi of Tresanton (St Mawes) fame.