Snowshill Manor in Gloucestershire is a monument to wholesome English eccentricity – think Pitt-Rivers on steroids meets Harry Potter
Originally a respectable late medieval manor house which was extended in the 18th century, it owes its fame not to its architecture but to its contents – the work of one Charles Paget Wade, who bought the property on his return from the Great War in 1919.
Wade was a collector of – well – stuff. Lots of stuff. He bought the house because he needed somewhere to put it all. His overriding interest was craftsmanship -the collections include spinning wheels, bicycles, Japanese armour, models of farm wagons, clothing and costumes … all unlabelled (it’s not a museum) and displayed in room with names like Dragon and Seraphim.
Photos – Snowshill Manor