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Snowshill

Snowshill Manor was built in c.1500 of Cotswold stone. It was developed in the late 16th century and again in the early 18th century. In the 1920s it was restored by the architect, artist, poet and craftsman Charles Paget Wade. Plaster ceilings were removed, oak panelling was fitted and every effort was made to bring the house into line with post-Morris Arts and Crafts taste. Outside, there is a terraced garden designed by Baillie Scott which was modified by Wade in 1920-3. A small building adjacent to the house, once the gate house and priest’s lodging, was converted by Wade into accommodation for himself, freeing up space in the main house for the display of his vast, eclectic collections. By 1940 Wade had amassed more than 5,000 items, ranging from mousetraps to Samurai armour. Appropriately, his motto was Nequid Pereat – ‘Let nothing perish’.

Visitor Information

Address:
Snowshill,
near Broadway,
Gloucestershire,
England,
WR12 7JU

Telephone: 01386 852410

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshill-manor

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Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire (Accredited Museum)

This collection has 15,990 items online

In the heart of a traditional Cotswold village, Snowshill Manor is the home of Charles Paget Wade, architect, artist and craftsman, who devoted his life to amassing an enormous and varied collection of ceramics, model ships, toys, bicycles and much more: ‘I have not bought things because they were rare or valuable. My guiding essentials have been good design, colour and workmanship. What a joy these old things are to live with, each piece made by the hand of a craftsman, each has feeling that no machine could ever attain. Though each room of the house is filled with items of interest, each has a restful atmosphere. They are rooms to linger in – rooms one must return to – rooms where there is always something to discover – rooms which inspire a thousand fancies’.

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Wade Costume Collection, at Berrington Hall, Herefordshire, part of the Snowshill Collection

This collection has 3,056 items online

There are over 2000 items within the Charles Paget Wade Costume Collection, ranging from corsets and doublets to shoes and hats. They were collected by the owner of Snowshill, Gloucestershire, but are now stored at Berrington Hall, Herefordshire, where some items are also on display.

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