History

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Tyntesfield Stories

Want to find out more about the people who lived and worked here? We've been listening to the stories of local people and would like to share these with you.

Our interactive timeline allows you to discover Tyntesfield through the eyes of local people inspired by over 150 years of history.

Fertile fortune

William and Blanche Gibbs with their family in the early 1860s

The Gibbs family built their fortune on the trade of guano, a fertiliser made from South American sea bird droppings. William Gibbs’ monopoly on this trade turned him from a successful merchant into a very wealthy man.

A gothic home

After buying Tyntes Place for his growing family in 1843, William Gibbs went about making it his own. He remodelled the exterior of the simple regency house into the Gothic extravaganza we see today.

Behind the scenes

In 1891 census records show 19 servants at Tyntesfield

Butlers, housekeepers, nursery maids and gardeners were all needed at Tyntesfield in its heyday. In the 1891 census 19 servants were recorded living here. One butler, Hemmings clocked up over 40 years' service.

A potted family history

A bounty of treasures

Four generations of family life, a love of beautiful things and the accumulation of useful bits and bobs made Tyntesfield a treasure trove of objects. From ornate furnishings to ice skates and picnic sets, over 50,000 objects have been catalogued. It is the largest recorded collection owned by the National Trust and tells the story of a wealthy family’s life over four generations.

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