Manor is a Cotswold manor house with eclectic collection and Arts
& Crafts-style garden located in Snowshill near Broadway.
Manor contains Charles Paget Wade’s extraordinary collection
of craftmanship and design, including musical instruments, clocks,
toys, bicycles, weavers’ and spinners’ tools and Japanese
armour. Run on organic principles, the intimate garden is laid out
as a series of outdoor rooms, with terraces and ponds, and wonderful
views across the Cotswold countryside.
of traditional golden yellow Cotswold Stone, Snowshill Manor was
one described as 'a house for the evening hours, surely the loveliest
spell of the day'. Snowshill Manor is set on a hillside above the
Vale of Evesham and is home one of the most remarkable collections
that the National Trust maintains. Snowhill Manor is surrounded
by an intriguing and intimate garden.
manor of Snowshill, including the Snowshill Manor House itself was
owned by Winchcombe Abbey from 821 until the dissolution of the
monasteries in 1539 when it passed to the Crown, and was given as
a gift to Katherine Parr, wife to King Henry VIII. Since then, Snowshill
Manor has had many owners and tenants and been subject to many alterations
south front displays details of around 1720 but the main part of
the house dates from c1500, and was altered and extended in the
1919 Charles Paget Wade bought what was by then a semi-derelict
farm, and restored it. It was the neglect that the house had suffered
from that attracted Charles Paget Wade as there were no modern additions
or alterations and so it was the ideal place to display his historic
and unique collection.
Wade, from Yoxford in Suffolk, was an architect and craftsman who
inherited sugar estates in the West Indies from his father. From
1900 until 1951 Wade amassed his enormous and varied collection
of craftsmanship, which he acquired mainly from antique shops and
dealers in the UK. He lived in the old priest's house in the courtyard
of Snowshill Manor and he spent many hours in the manor house arranging
and restoring his collection. In 1951 he gave the Manor and its
collection to the National Trust.
writer J. B. Priestly described Wade as 'My eccentric, but charming
friend of the fantastic manor house.'
Contents of Snowshill Manor
2000 piece costume collection and 22,000 other items, plus a 2000
piece costume collection fill the manor house. Wade collected even
everyday functional objects like cow bells, butter stamps and locks.
Visitors to Snowshill will find clocks, bicycles, children's toys
and even 26 suits of Samurai armour.
Manor - The Garden
Wade designed a garden using the land surrounding the manor house
in collaboration with Arts and Crafts architect, M H Baillie-Scott
and laid out its terraces and ponds between 1920 and 1923 on the
site of the old farmyard.