1899 F W Troup, Joseph King and the Peasant Arts Movement in Haslemere

Saturday 15 September 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Price for single attendee: £0.00

Led by Neil Jackson, author of FW Troup, Architect (1985), and Haslemere resident Catherine Eyre. Soon after Maude and Joseph King moved to Witley, a small village outside Haslemere, Surrey, in 1894, they were joined by Maud’s sister Ethel, and her artist husband Godfrey Blount. Maude was a hand weaver, teaching the art to local girls in her house in Witley, while the Blounts set up an appliqué tapestry studio in Haslemere. In 1896 their work was included in the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society and the Peasant Art Movement was born. This was due, as much as anything, to the financial support of Maude’s husband Joseph, a wealthy lawyer and later MP for North Somerset, who bought land on the steep side of Blackdown Hill, in Haslemere, where he commissioned the Arts and Crafts architect and family friend, Francis William Troup. Starting at Haslemere railway station, the day’s visit shall fall into two parts. To begin the day, Catherine, who has researched the Peasant Arts Movement for many years, shall lead the exploration of Troup’s buildings on Blackdown Hill. We shall visit the Blount’s Tapestry Studio (1898) and Maude King’s Weaving House (1899), as well as the Dye House (1902), all located along King’s Road. Further up the hill we shall see four of Troup’s houses: Green Bushes (1896), Copse Cottage
(1898), and the semi-detached Silver Birches and Longdene Copse (1910). If time allows, we shall also see Charles Spooner’s nearby
church of St Christopher (1902). In the later afternoon we shall board a coach for the short journey to Sandhouse (1902), where we shall
be welcomed by residents Karen and Bent Maibom. Following this visit, the group shall be returned to Haslemere railway station. Meet
at Haslemere railway station (the 09.00 from London Waterloo arrives at 09.49 but check). £75. Booking required.*


Event code: 1899

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