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Our Trip to Painshill and a Fond Farewell

Today is my last day as Gardener-in-Charge at Strawberry Hill House. I have had a brilliant time managing this eighteenth-century treasure and looking after the garden volunteers that make it all possible. 122 more words

Open Garden Squares Weekend 2017

On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June this year we participated in Open Garden Squares Weekend for the first time. The event enables people to explore over 230 private, secret and little-known gardens across 27 London boroughs over one weekend. 258 more words

Book Review: The Castle of Otranto (Horace Walpole, 1764)

Thunder, lightning, evil princes, crumbling castles, ghostly apparitions, swooning maidens… Crammed to the rafters with cliché, The Castle of Otranto is a 250-year-old bonanza of the Gothic from Horace Walpole, the father of the genre. 740 more words


Librarian's Choice: The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

This blog comes from Ross, a Librarian Manager based in Local and Family History at Centeral Library.

Darken your summer with a little ‘gloomth’!

I like to imagine Horace Walpole as the Tim Burton of the eighteenth century. 935 more words


Horace Walpole's Gothic Revival (BSP Blog Post 3)

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Horace Walpole’s Gothic revival mansion, Strawberry Hill. This awe-inspiring house was painstakingly built with an eye to detail unmatched by many homes. 257 more words

A trip to Serendip

Serendipity, once voted the nation’s favourite word, is an increasingly frequent visitor in my life. It means a happy accident, or a pleasantly unexpected turn of events. 743 more words


Excursion Report: CRECS Goes Gothic at Strawberry Hill House, 16 May 2017

On 1 March, 2015 the Walpole Trust reopened Strawberry Hill House to the public. As the former home of Horace Walpole, famed (and famously eccentric) author of the first Gothic novel, the house has been a popular tourist destination since it was first built up in 1749. 1,247 more words