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Family members relaxing on Grandfather’s Walk at Standen © National Trust

Family members relaxing on Grandfather’s Walk at Standen

Step back in time

Designed by the architect Philip Webb for the Beale family in 1894, Standen is a gem of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

Today you see Standen as the Beale family would have known it in the 1920s. The garden had reached maturity and the late Victorian interiors of the house had mellowed to form the comfortable backdrop to family life which you can experience today. 

Learn more about our story

  • The Beale family at Standen

    Standen was built between 1891–94 and was the country home of James Beale, a successful solicitor from Birmingham, his wife and seven children. The family loved Standen and the house retains the warm and welcoming atmosphere of a family home, and many who visit remark upon this.

  • Morris and Webb's influence on Standen

    How did the architect of Standen, Philip Webb, know William Morris? Find out how the Arts & Crafts Movement influenced style at Standen?

  • History of Standen house

    What inspired the building of Standen? Discover how the Beale family worked with Philip Webb to create an Arts & Crafts home.

  • Standen Revival: recreating Mrs Beale’s garden

    The Arts and Crafts inspired garden at Standen was the passion of Mrs Margaret Beale, a reputable plantswoman who experimented with exotic plants from around the world. Standen Revival is a five year project to restore lost garden features and recreate the seasonal garden of the 1920s.

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