Welcome to the Victorian world of Antony Gibbs. An ordinary man with an extraordinary fortune, a man of vast riches but simple pleasures. Antony was the second generation of the Gibbs family to live at Tyntesfield. He epitomised the Victorian age, fascinated by art, technology and travel. Today we’d like to share with you stories about Antony, his life here at Tyntesfield and the world around him. You can book your house tickets
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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 we see today.
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. Almost 60,000 objects have been catalogued including everything from priceless paintings and ornate furnishings to ice skates and picnic sets. It is the largest recorded collection owned by the National Trust and tells the story of a wealthy family’s life over
Very few Victorian houses had private purpose-built chapels, especially on the scale and grandeur of Tyntesfield’s. William Gibbs commissioned the building of the chapel in 1873 and was deeply religious and a passionate supporter of the Oxford or High Church Movement.
Inspired by the flamboyant Gothic architecture of Sainte Chapelle in Paris, every aspect of the chapel is decorated, from the beautiful mosaic floor to the flowering brass chandeliers, which is typical of the Oxford or High Church Movement.
As the chapel is not consecrated we can’t hold weddings here so at the moment it’s only used by the parish church for special occasions and on request by other churches and for events, like our Christmas carol concerts.
Behind the scenes
Butlers, housekeepers, nursery maids and gardeners were all needed at Tyntesfield in its heyday. In the 1891 census 19 servants were recorded living here. One butler, Hemmings clocked up over 40 years' service.