Blackwell (historic house)

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For the historic house in New York, see Blackwell House.
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Blackwell: the south front
Blackwell (historic house) is located in Cumbria
Blackwell (historic house)
Location within Cumbria
General information
Architectural style Arts and Crafts
Town or city Bowness-on-Windermere
Country England
Coordinates 54°20′35″N 2°55′25″W / 54.3431°N 2.9236°W / 54.3431; -2.9236
Client Sir Edward Holt
Design and construction
Architect Baillie Scott

Blackwell is a large house in the English Lake District, designed in the Arts and Crafts style by Baillie Scott. It was built 1898–1900, as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, a wealthy Manchester brewer. It is situated near the town of Bowness-on-Windermere with views looking over Lake Windermere and across to the Coniston Fells.

Blackwell has survived with almost all its original decorative features intact, and is listed Grade I as an outstanding example of British domestic architecture.[1] The house is furnished with original furniture and objects from the period. The gardens were designed by Thomas Mawson in a series of terraces. Flowers and herbs border the terraces, which form sun traps on the south side of the house.

The house has been open to visitors since 2001 and hosts regular exhibitions including work by living artists such as Edmund de Waal in 2005.[2][3] It won the Small Visitor Attraction Award in the Northwest of England for 2005. The house is managed by the Lakeland Arts Trust.

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  1. ^ Historic England. "Blackwell School (1124680)". National Heritage List for England. 
  2. ^ "A Line around a Shadow". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  3. ^ MacCarthy, Fiona (30 June 2007). "Cabinets of curiosity". Retrieved 9 July 2015. 

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Coordinates: 54°20′35″N 2°55′25″W / 54.3431°N 2.9236°W / 54.3431; -2.9236