For the fourth year running we have taken the lower Sixth Form History of Art students to visit Knightshayes Court near Tiverton. This is a particularly good introduction to the History of Art course as it highlights how Gothic Revival architecture with the crazy opulence of William Burges interior and exterior designs were so popular in Victorian England.


It was particularly fascinating to see how the Mill owner, John Heathcoat, succumbed to the fashion of the day employing the extravagant William Burges and then found his work too lavish and intense and so sacked him in favour of John Dibblee Crace. The National Trust, who now own the country estate, have done a fantastic job in renovating the house and restoring it to its original state.

Country House on a Grand Scale

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