Edwardian country house

We have the weekend to ourselves, so this morning I grabbed by camera and we drove out to Polesden Lacey, an Edwardian house in Surrey which has been owned by the National Trust since 1942. 

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A house has existed on the site since C14th, but the house has been demolished and rebuilt a number of times with the current house being built-in 19th century.

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In 1906, the house was bought by brewery multimillionaire William McEwan for his daughter (Margaret Anderson) and son-in-law the Honourable Ronald Greville.  Mrs Greville remodelled the house between 1906-09 (her husband died in 1908).

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In May 1923, Mrs Greville lent Polesden Lacey to Duke and Duchess of York as a honeymoon destination for the royal couple.

Photograph belongs to The Royal Collection © 2011

Mrs Grenville bequeathed the Polesden Lacey estate to the National Trust after her death in 1942.

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This black and white photograph of the steps leading up to gates to the entrance of the Rose Garden is one of my favourites from today.

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4 responses to “Edwardian country house

  1. How wonderful Chrissy! I love old houses and most of the times they have beautiful gardens, as well! Thanks also for the interesting facts to go with the photos! Have a wonderful weekend just the two of you!

  2. Thanks Rosie!

    I am hoping to share some pictures of the interior and gardens over the next couple of days.

  3. What a wonderful house Chrissy.
    Wonderful photographs of it!

  4. Brilliant pictures, as ever. We live very close to PL and love our ambles around the house and gardens

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