Monday, October 22, 2012

Charleston Farmhouse

Over the weekend, I went with my Writers of the Bloomsbury Era class to East Sussex, which is a town in England. While in Sussex, we saw both Charleston Farmhouse and Monk's House. Most of you probably have no idea what that means, so I'll tell you: Charleston Farmhouse was the home to the members of the Bloomsbury group - a group of twentieth century writers and artists. The most well-known members of the group include Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Vanessa Bell, and Duncan Grant. They lived truly creative lives, making a living off of doing what they loved. Our visit to the houses was very inspiring, as everything in the houses are originals from the time the members lived there! These include original paintings by members of the group, original Picasso paintings, and their very own collections of books! It was very humbling to stand in the very room that T.S. Eliot once stood, perhaps as he contemplated his most iconic poem, "The Waste Land." I was both elated and overwhelmed by the character and history of the house, and here are a few pictures! This is Charleston Farmhouse - permanent home to Vanessa Bell (Virginia Woolf's sister) and Clive Bell, as well as Duncan Grant.  

The outside of the house - such a cute cottage-style home. 

The beautiful pond and garden on the side of the house. Having green space was very important to the group, because they enjoyed the fresh air and felt that they could be truly inspired by the natural beauty of their surroundings. 

Walkway along the yard. 

Garden - yet another important green space around the house! 

Beautiful statue in the yard - art pieces like this were all over the gardens!

The back of the house!

More of the garden - more art pieces. 

Another picture of the house!

No pictures were allowed inside the house - but trust me, it was amazing! 

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