The Shop at Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Good stories are at the heart of everything we do. Moments of history shape who we are, and we want to bring some of that to life in the shop. Former residents who were steeped in literature and Lady Sackville's influence on Vita, these are a few of the stories that influence our products.
Vita’s love of the rich colour of Bristol Blue Glass may have been influenced by her mother who was fond of decorating her homes in the Persian style, which featured yellows, orange and blue.
Originally this Blue Glass was developed in the 18th century by a Bristol potter, Richard Champion. The glass was displayed in the Great Exhibition of 1851 and was favoured by all the aristocrats of Europe.
When Lady Sackville left Knole in 1919 much of the contents of Knole was auctioned including the glass. The items which failed to sell, Vita brought to Sissinghurst where it is displayed in the library and tower.
The original Bristol Blue Company was formed in 1988 to re-establish a tradition which had been lost for over 60 years.
With hand blown items for sale such as vases, jugs and jewellery you can be a part of the rich history of Bristol Blue. By being hand made it makes all of these pieces a unique and personal item.
A family of writers
Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson were both well know and respected authors. This love of all things literature has been passed down the generations, and we're now lucky enough to have a wealth of well loved authors who have at one time or another, called Sissinghurst home. They have shared their own thoughts in different publications throughout the years and lots of these can be found in the shop.
" ...Beauty's not always in a scarlet robe. She wears an old black shawl; she flouts the flesh and shows the bone when winter trees are tall. More beautiful than fact may be, the shadow on the wall... "
Gardening, marriage, land and history are all important stories that makes this such a special place to visit. These chronicles as well as many more shine new light on Sissinghurst and society. Here are a few top books recomended by the Sissinghurst team:
Portrait of a Marriage by Vita Sackville West and Nigel Nicolson.
Vita Sackville-West’s Sissinghurst, the Creation of a Garden by Vita Sackville West and Sarah Raven.
Sissinghurst, an Unfinished History by Adam Nicolson.
Sissinghurst by Vita Sackville-West.
Some Flowers by Vita Sackville-West.