The history of Goddards and family life
The backdrop to your walk in the garden is the arts and crafts inspired former home of the Terry family (think Chocolate Orange).
A family home
Noel Terry wanted to create a comfortable family home close to the chocolate works for Kathleen, his wife and his four children: Peter, Kenneth, Betty and Richard. This gorgeous hand crafted house was finished in 1927 and has stood hidden away from the busy York suburbs since.
Bought by the National Trust in 1984 and now used as the Yorkshire office for the charity, the garden is open on selected days to visit.
" Unlike some people I don't aspire to fame, riches, rank and power. No, I aspire beyond that. I aspire to a home."
The perfect location
As you walk through the gatehouse entrance and down the quiet drive, the house slowly reveals itself and as you round the side of the house, you will see the gardens roll away from the house down a gentle slope. There are beautiful views across to the historic racecourse and to the old Terry’s chocolate factory clock tower in the distance, forever linking the estate to the it's chocolate heritage.
A growing family
Mr and Mrs Terry had been living in a fine semi-detached arts and crafts style house and started to bring up their family there. Wanting more room and a detached home, Noel Terry commissioned Walter Brierley to build another arts and crafts home, despite having a fine collection of Georgian furniture that didn't readily fit.
The house is a fine example of Brierley's great architectural design and was by chance the last house he ever created as he died in 1926, a year before the house was completed.
The art of design
From the outside of the house you can see the arts and crafts style of the building. A feature of the movement was to use local materials – the 2-inch red handmade close kiln bricks were from nearby Barton on Humber and they are placed in arts and crafts style geometric patterns.
Attention to detail
The attention to craftsmanship and detail which is a key feature of the movement can be seen in the guttering and downpipes where you can see the date the house was completed, Noel and Kathleen Terry’s initials and even a roaring lion.
Reading the building
The triplicate chimney stacks were also a feature Brierley loved to use on his buildings and give an extra level of detail to the architecture. The two gable ends define the family living quarters and the setback wing to the right-hand side were the staff quarters and nurseries.
The spaces were designed so the family could be together. Whether you're pausing on the terrace during your wander or playing a game together in the garden, it isn't too hard to imagine a quieter pace of life and growing up with Goddards as your home.
Read a little more about the business that shaped them...
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