Saturday, 18 July 2015

Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey's Haslemere Study Day 15th July

I had a lovely Arts and Crafts day on Wednesday when the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey had a Haslemere Peasant Arts Study Day.

from The Arts & Crafts Movement in Surrey website 

from The Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey website diary
We started off at St Christopher's Church, Haslemere's Arts and Crafts treasure chest, where Frankie Gaiter introduced us to the history and creation of St Christopher's.  Amongst many delights such as the woodwork of Charles Spooner, we saw the Arthur Romney Green altar chair and altar table.  We then walked over to Kings Road, Foundry Lane and Longdene Road to view the Peasant Arts buildings, which include the largest collection of Francis Troup houses in the country.  
Francis Frith postcard of St Christopher's Church c.1914
Back of St Christopher's Church postcard,
"How do you like this!  Splendid!! 1914"
sent to Longdene Road, Haslemere
We saw the former Woodworkers Hall (Arthur Romney Green's workshop and showroom) and Greenbushes Weaving House (Luther Hooper's weaving house) where the woodwork and silk and woollen hangings for St Christophers' Church had been made.  Sarah Tyssen from the Weaving House kindly let us walk around her pretty garden, complete with loom and weaving, and had laid out some old photographs and Peasant Art books.  
Some Haslemere Peasant Arts pieces from
The Haslemere Educational Museum's collection

After an incredibly large lunch offering at The Swan Inn we walked on to Haslemere Educational Museum where they had laid out some of their Haslemere Peasant Arts collection.  We had a short talk by the curator, Julia Tanner, who highlighted the museum's extensive European Peasant Arts collection.  To round off the day we had tea on the terrace of Kingwood, the former home of Joseph and Maude Egerton King, a beautiful Francis Troup designed country house.

It was a really enjoyable day and it was very nice to meet such a large collection of people who are all interested in the Arts and Crafts of our local area.  Thank you to The Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey for including me in this special day.

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