Wild About Wool

A couple of months ago, I went to Poltimore House, and showed you the crumbling condition of the building. As part of the efforts being made to raise funds to restore the house, they have regular events, both inside and in the grounds.

Wild about wool was the event that made me decide to visit then.

There were members of the Devon Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

Several felt makers, lots of knitting and crochet,

and even a royal wedding.

I’d never have the patience or skill to create work like this!

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Matron’s office all stitched up

A few weeks ago I went to Wild About Wool, an event at Poltimore house. One of the things that touched me was the room that had been the Matron’s office. It had been decorated by some of the people showing their yarn work, both knitting and crochet.

It would be lovely if the decorations could stay in place while rebuilding continues, the room needs cheering up.

A building in distress

The manor of Poltimore was bequeathed to the Bampfylde family by a Canon of Exeter Cathedral, at the end of the 13th century. It’s likely that a house was built on the estate, but no trace has been found near the present site. The current house was completed in the middle of the 16th century and was lived in by the family until 1920.

Since then it’s been a school, a WW2 evacuation centre and a hospital.

The house fell into a dilapidated state after an arson attack in 1987. This is how it looks now.

In 2000, a trust was set up to try to preserve the house. Half a million pounds was donated by English heritage, in 2009 to begin the restoration process. Sadly it will take an awful lot more to return it to o its full glory.