In aid of Ombersley
EDWARD BULMER may be premature in consigning Ombersley Court to institutional use (‘Designer resolutions’, December 28). A few people who know this fascinating and numinous house well are aghast at the notion and have worked together on a proposal for a conventional charitable trust to hold the place instead. Although the late Lord and Lady Sandys were childless, there are potentially members of the family to occupy it. The park and village are in a separate trust already.
Much at Ombersley is Regency, created by the Marchioness of Downshire with the help of ‘the Repton of the North’, John Webb. He encased the 1723 house in stone, preserving outstanding interiors by Francis Smith of Warwick.
COUNTRY LIFE published three fully researched articles on the house in January 1953 (above), on which all subsequent accounts have been based, owing to the strict privacy enforced. The early-georgian interiors would otherwise be well known—i’m sure readers would be interested to see some of your archive photographs. Jeffrey Haworth, Worcestershire