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photoblog image Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley

Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley

 

From the Website:

 

"Cliffe Castle  was originally the home of Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield. Completed in the 1880s the building was funded by the Butterfield family’s industrial empire which included wool textile mills and a shipping business that took British goods to Europe, America and China.

The completed house was a showpiece of international art and French decoration. It was the scene of many glittering social events. Butterfield family connections included  the Roosevelt’s of America and members of the court of Napoleon III.

In the 1950s the Castle was bought by Sir Bracewell Smith, a local man who became Lord Mayor of London. Sir Bracewell used architect Sir Albert Richardson to turn Cliffe Castle’s gardens into a grand public park and remodelled the Castle to be a free museum for the people of the district.

In recent years Cliffe Castle has undergone a major restoration. Visitors can see sparkling Victorian rooms and furniture, paintings, and decorative art. Special galleries deal with natural history, archaeology and social history, all of which can be seen on your visit along with the internationally important display of stained glass by Morris and Co. The Castle also hosts changing exhibitions from our collections and the community.Family areas ensure that there is something for all ages."

Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley

 

From the Website:

 

"Cliffe Castle  was originally the home of Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield. Completed in the 1880s the building was funded by the Butterfield family’s industrial empire which included wool textile mills and a shipping business that took British goods to Europe, America and China.

The completed house was a showpiece of international art and French decoration. It was the scene of many glittering social events. Butterfield family connections included  the Roosevelt’s of America and members of the court of Napoleon III.

In the 1950s the Castle was bought by Sir Bracewell Smith, a local man who became Lord Mayor of London. Sir Bracewell used architect Sir Albert Richardson to turn Cliffe Castle’s gardens into a grand public park and remodelled the Castle to be a free museum for the people of the district.

In recent years Cliffe Castle has undergone a major restoration. Visitors can see sparkling Victorian rooms and furniture, paintings, and decorative art. Special galleries deal with natural history, archaeology and social history, all of which can be seen on your visit along with the internationally important display of stained glass by Morris and Co. The Castle also hosts changing exhibitions from our collections and the community.Family areas ensure that there is something for all ages."

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Sep 2018, 02:54
To many words for me at this time, Tom, but I can tell you I like your line shot of Big and Small bollard.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ray - keep up the wordage smile
Drôle de forme pour ce château. C'est bien que les expositions soient gratuites.
Tom Wilson: Il y aura des photos de l'intérieur et de demain.
When you stop and think about it, there are so many castles in England, Tom, let alone museum: "around 4,000 were built in England alone since the Norman conquest, each one unique." I'm always amazed!
Tom Wilson: I think this was only a "castle" in a very nominal way - it might have been also called a country house. But, yes, we do have quite a lot - there's at least a dozen within 15 miles of Sheffield.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 10 Sep 2018, 07:40
This looks as if it would be an interesting place to visit Tom
Tom Wilson: Interiors coming up, Chris.
A well kept secret ! Sounds my sort of place
Tom Wilson: You can check on the interiors later.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 10 Sep 2018, 08:15
An unusual tower and a rather heavy looking portico Tom.
Tom Wilson: Yes, very heavy, isn't it? And the tower looks rather odd, too!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Sep 2018, 11:36
That is some serious building, Tom. I assume that you went into the museum
Tom Wilson: Oh yes, interiors coming up.
A fine looking building isn't it.
Tom Wilson: I thought it rather ugly, actually, Brian.
Philanthropy at it's finest.
Tom Wilson: Indeed.
i like this view although the SUV looks a bit out of place, Tom.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Sep 2018, 21:18
An extraordinary sight of a castle - the information is very interesting.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 11 Sep 2018, 02:51
seems so old in greyscale

nicely done
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Sep 2018, 07:28
I have too say that it does not look very attractive. I can only assume that despite the millions, Butterfield did not want to spend too much and did bother having floors built to the left and right to the same height. I guess he wanted good views from at least one room.

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