Harry’s Story tells how the First World War changed the future for Stourhead

Sir Henry, Harry and Lady Hoare

Sir Henry, Harry and Lady Hoare

Harry Hoare was a young man born to inherit his family’s country estate and trained to manage it, but his privilege brought with it the responsibility that the estate should be used so others could enjoy the beauty as well. The place was Stourhead but the time, just before the First World War, was to cause the shattering of the plans and dreams of the Hoare family.

Harry’s Story is now being told across Stourhead by the National Trust to show how war affected the lives of the Hoare family and many others who lived and worked on the estate. But the story also shows how Harry’s mother Alda, opened up the house and estate for soldiers recuperating from their injuries at a military hospital nearby.

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Conserving Stourhead’s oldest carpet

Rolling the 9m by 9m carpet (C) National TrustThe oldest, largest and most important carpet in Stourhead has been sent for conservation work – after a complex operation to survey and remove it safely from the house.
The National Trust Stourhead’s garden volunteers were asked to turn their green fingers to a very different task to help with the move of the 40-60 stone Axminster carpet from the house for a nine-month-long conservation project. Continue reading…

Work starts to save Stourhead’s Pantheon

Stourhead Pantheon (c) National Trust / Allan King

Stourhead Pantheon (c) National Trust / Allan King

Work has started to restore the Pantheon, perhaps the most important feature in the world-famous landscape gardens at the National Trust’s Stourhead in Wiltshire

Scaffolding now clads the building and the restoration team are making a start to repair the building’s roof – putting right damage caused by water leaks – and to restore some of the stonework. Continue reading…

Stourhead celebrates Autumn

A wet September could hold the secret to spectacular autumn colours at Stourhead in Wiltshire.

After a dry summer, National Trust gardeners reported that dry trees were more likely to shed their leaves quickly, before the colours fully developed. However, following the wet spell in September, hopes are higher that the full spectacle of autumn colours will be seen at their best this year. Continue reading…