Originally designed for the Great exhibition of 1851, it was later transported to Sydenham and rebuilt and enlarged. This was Joseph Paxton’s masterpiece and was the largest iron and glass building ever constructed.
This is its story, as told by well-known local historian Ian Gledhill.
As a counterpoint to the history of Petworth House and its owners, the talk will explain what the life of the many servants was like, especially at its peak in the 19th century. The speaker is Pat Best, past Chairman of the Association, and long-term volunteer at Petworth
Standen House was built by James and Margaret Beale as a family home in 1891 and designed by Philip Webb. It is of Arts and Crafts design with William Morris & Co. Interiors. Read the fascinating tale linking to William Morris and Philip Webb