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Report - Ashton Court Mansion, Bristol - November 2006

Yorrick

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#1
I rediscovered these today.

They were taken in late 2006 on an impromptu visit, so no tripod and sorry but they also have flash - hey it was six years ago and I didn’t know any better.

Anyway, I haven’t seen it on here before so I thought someone might be interested.

Potted history

In the 1350’s Thomas de Lyons enclosed the park and built a new manor house. In the early 1500’s the house was enlarged. In the mid 1500’s the house was enlarged and sold to the Smyth family, who owned and occupied it for 400 years.

In the 1890’s Sir Greville Smyth added the West wing. The ground floor was to house his extensive collections – later donated to Bristol museum.

In the First World War the mansion became a Red Cross hospital.

In the Second World War the grounds were used by the army, with officers being allowed to use parts of the mansion house. (Unusually they didn’t do any damage)

In 1946 Esme, the last owner, died at the age of 83.

In 1947 the entire contents were sold in a seven day auction.

The house stood empty for 13 years, until Bristol City Council bought the estate and opened it as a public park. The house was boarded up until the early 1970s when the roof was repaired and the remains of the house made safe and watertight. No restoration was carried out.


Most of the upper rooms had hand written labels, as if it was once open to the public. I've included the ones I remember.

Around the time of my visit I think an application had been made for lottery funding to restore the upper floors. I believe it was not successful.

Most of the ground floor is used as a conference centre and party venue. The stable block contains the estate offices, a café and a visitor centre.




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West front

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South front and terrace

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Billiard room

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Billiard room ceiling

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3" thick Mahogany door

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Huntman’s hall ceiling

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Huntman’s hall coving and frieze

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Grand Staircase

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“Tudor†bedroom door

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“Regency†bedroom door frame

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“Regency†bedroom door

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Lady Esme’s dressing room

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Remains of Lady Esme’s bedroom ceiling (on the floor)

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“Regency†bedroom fireplace

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“Tudor†fireplace

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Landing window

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Bedroom corridor wallpaper

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Bedroom window

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Dame Emily’s boudoir fireplace

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Panelling from Dame Emily’s boudoir

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Can’t remember?

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Maid’s room, originally divided into six

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Clock mechanism, I think from around 1890 - 1900

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Servant’s quarters!

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Thanks for looking​
 

charlotte roden

28DL Member
28DL Member
#2
Hi Yorrick, I am currently working on objects from Ashton Court House. I was wondering if I could message you privately about the antiquities found in the house and the photographs that you have?
 

jack minton

i swear i must of got lost officer
28DL Full Member
#4
looks a great place , was it a permission visit or not? (not keen on the yellow paint )
but good post mate

Jack
 

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