The house at Tyntesfield

In 2002, Tyntesfield was saved by your contributions, the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A Victorian 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 that exists today and had the interiors were richly decorated and furnished by the country's leading craftsmen.

Each of the following three generations left their mark on Tyntesfield, adding to what had been done before and incorporating the latest advances in technology to create a family home that was comfortable and efficient.

" I feel quite confident in saying that there is now no other Victorian country house which so richly represents its age as Tyntesfield."
- Mark Girouard in 'The Victorian Country House'

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.

Over 60,000 pieces have been catalogued, including everything from priceless paintings and ornate furnishings to ice skates and picnic sets. It is the largest recorded collection owned and cared for by the National Trust and tells the story of a hundred and fifty years of wealthy family life.

Today, our team of conservation assistants and volunteers are constantly working to care for the house and its collection. You can find out more about our conservation work here.

Admiring the Victorian decor in the Library at Tyntesfield
Visitors in the Library at Tyntesfield, Somerset

Changing times

This year, we are continuing to explore the Victorian world of Antony Gibbs, Willam Gibbs' eldest son. Antony was an ordinary man with an extraordinary fortune, a man of vast riches but simple pleasures. He was the second generation of the Gibbs family to live at Tyntesfield and epitomised the Victorian age; fascinated by art, technology and travel.

Over 2017, we will be sharing stories of Antony's life at Tyntesfield and the Victorian world around him. You can find more information about our upcoming events here.

This autumn is your last chance to visit our award-winning 'Passions and Possessions' exhibition, which reveals Antony's private passions as a romantic collector and master craftsmen, and ends at the end of October:

The Chapel

Very few Victorian houses had private, purpose-built chapels, especially on the scale and grandeur of Tyntesfield's. William Gibbs, who was deeply religious and a passionate supporter of the Oxford or High Church Movement, commissioned the building of the chapel in 1873.

Inspired by the flamboyant Gothic architecture of Sainte Chapelle in Paris, every aspect of the Chapel is decorated; from the beautiful moasic floor to the flowering brass chandeliers, which is typical of the Oxford or High Church Movement.

The Chapel was never consecrated, so we cannot hold weddings there. It is used on special occasions by the local parish church, on request by other churches, and for events - like our carol concerts at Christmas.

Tyntesfield Chapel
Chapel

Behind-the-scenes

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

Today, Tyntesfield is cared for by the National Trust team of staff and volunteers who help with all aspects of the estate.

Tyntesfield house exterior

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