Inside Snowshill Manor

A room called Dragon showing wooden table with candlesticks and jug, fireplace with swords above and a suit of armour at Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire

Charles Wade purchased Snowshill Manor in 1919. Snowshill was a new start for Wade. It was a home where he could combine all his creative and artistic skills into one place for the first time.

Charles first discovered the manor in an advertisement in an old copy of County Life while serving in the First World War. After the end of the war he returned to find the manor was still for sale. He first visited the manor on a bleak February day.

He later wrote in a notebook that the ‘whole property was in a most deplorable state of ruin and neglect, but it had not been spoilt…in spite of the gloom of the day…I could visualize it as a delightful home…’

The manor photographed circa 1910
The manor photographed circa 1910
The manor photographed circa 1910

The manor house itself provided Wade the stage, an architectural backdrop, for his collection. His aim was to create an interesting and decorative effect rather than a museum. He chose the objects in his collection with three essential criteria in mind, ‘design, colour and craftsmanship.’ 

" What a joy these old things are to live with – each piece made by the hand of a craftsman, each has feeling and individuality that no machine could ever attain."
- Charles Wade

Uncover the secrets of Snowshill Manor

From snuff-boxes to suits of armour, masks to musical instruments, Snowshill Manor is a treasure trove of quirky and curious objects. The collection was the work of Charles Paget Wade, a man fascinated by anything hand-crafted and made with skill.