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Sarah Siddons House

By SteveMoulding    
Sarah Siddons House in the village of Lydbrook in the Wye Valley on the edge of the Forest of Dean.
The Old House, C16, with early C18 extension (dated 1718). Timber framed, with later brick nogging on road front, on stone plinth with sill beams. Slate roof, 2 end stone stacks. Single range with 2-storey porch at rear and extension to right continued as lean-to at back up to porch. 2 storeys and cellar. Road front - 2 windows, C19 triple sashes. Door to cellar. Rear central
porch with timber Tudor arch opening with ogee head and original double boarded timber front door. Porch added, but only slightly later than house. Some remaining 6- and 9-light wooden mullion windows on this side, 2 now replaced. Interior: original spiral oak staircase with access to roof. Roof has 2 low collar beams and struts to the beams, with 2 purlins on one side and one purlin plus wind braced rafters on road side. Substantial remains of wattle and daub panelling in roof and on rear wall. Main downstairs room - almost complete C17 panelled interior with large fireplace with carved mantel, and panelled plastered ceiling with figure and fruit and foliage. Beam also plastered in same vigorous style. Detail obscured by layers of lime wash. Many original oak doors and latches. Bressumer fireplace also in other ground floor room in main range.
Sarah Siddons (5 July 1755 8 June 1831) was a British actress, the best-known tragedienne of the 18th century. She was the elder sister of John Philip Kemble, Charles Kemble, Stephen Kemble, Ann Hatton and Elizabeth Whitlock, and the aunt of Fanny Kemble. She was most famous for her portrayal of the Shakespearean character, Lady Macbeth, a character she made her own.[1] The Sarah Siddons Society continues to present the Sarah Siddons Award in Chicago every year to a prominent actress.
One from the archives. Many thanks for all the C&C's on my uploads.

Tags: General Architecture Gloucestershire Forest of dean Wye valley Landscape and travel Lydbrok Sarah Siddon

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Lovely pic

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Shellio 6 2 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2011 7:19PM
A lovely capture, really picturesque.
21 Jun 2011 7:27PM
A lovely image with superb tones, for a rambling house it's sure appealing.

Alan_Coles 11 178 11 Wales
21 Jun 2011 8:04PM
What a cracking building....nicely done.

Not that far from time I out that way for a drive with the wife will check it out.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2011 8:10PM
Lovely image, beautifully captured and presented, fascinating write up to.

shawy 6 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2011 8:11PM
An image that seems to have the texture of the house. Very nice.
dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2011 8:14PM
Lovely house, and interesting information Steve, and a beautiful capture too.
21 Jun 2011 8:27PM
That's one of the bonuses of this site is the education, I hadn't heard of Sarah Siddons so I "googled" her. Excellent image Steve with great detail, very well captured.
janty66 10 3 England
21 Jun 2011 8:39PM
Wonderful image and really interesting write up....
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
21 Jun 2011 8:43PM
Driven past this place dozens of times on my travels and it never looked as good as this, beautifully worked...

21 Jun 2011 8:54PM
brilliant shot i too hadn't heard of her so thank you
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
21 Jun 2011 9:07PM
Fabulous building and image of it plus a great write-up.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
21 Jun 2011 9:14PM
What a superb old building, so beautifully portrayed in this image, and brought alive by the narrative and history you have supplied.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2011 10:00PM
I confess I had never heard of Sarah Siddons but love this picture of the houseSmile good intro as well
barmymarny 7 1 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2011 10:29PM
Dreamy image. Lovely work.

Marilyn x
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
21 Jun 2011 11:01PM
What a fabulous old house. A great image..........Sandy
21 Jun 2011 11:04PM
A fabulous image lovely work. Glad to be your 30th..Lin
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
21 Jun 2011 11:25PM
What a wonderful old building and fascinating narrative Steve
Sezz 12 617 15 England
21 Jun 2011 11:52PM
Wonderful architecture,what a house! I should love to live in a house like this, such character!
I like your pov for this one, really shows the house to it's best. I like your processing too, some lovely detail - just a thought, but might be even more striking by upping the contrast a little? Thanks for the info too, most interesting Smile

Sarah *
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
22 Jun 2011 6:15AM
What a beautiful house, Steve, love the soft presentation, excellent work. Carol
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2011 8:01AM
A super shot of a lovely old building - interesting info too!
Ray42 9 3 England
22 Jun 2011 8:17AM
A great shot of a charming old house - a very interesting write up too
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2011 9:29AM
Great shot Steve, sell this to a mag or postcard maker, spot on.
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
22 Jun 2011 6:28PM
Superb image, Steve - wonderful light and soft tones and a wealth of different textures. Beautifully done - enhanced by a great narrative too.
VivienO 7 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2011 11:08PM
Great atmospheric shot with plenty of character.
goso 11 2 1 Australia
22 Jun 2011 11:23PM
An interesting old building caught well Steve ...Bill
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 7:58AM
You really have captured the atmosphere they way you have processed it ..
A stunning image
fentiger 16 916 24 England
23 Jun 2011 8:34AM
Superb image and information.

acousticmist 7 10 1 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 9:32AM
An excellent shot of a beautiful house..............Martin
PhillipMinnis 7 94 4 Australia
24 Jun 2011 7:56AM
What a beautiful scene! Thank you for the informative and interesting details in the description box! Well captured and presented!


ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2011 9:22PM
a lovely shot well caught and processed.

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2011 11:37PM
brilliant detail and tones steve a stunner nice one Wink
Armakk 8 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2014 7:23AM
Excellent image of this old house, Loved the history... SmileSmileSmile

Regards Bill

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