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. The Sarah Siddons Society continues to present the Sarah Siddons Award in Chicago every year to a prominent actress.
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