In aid of Om­ber­s­ley

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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