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Charleston holds a vast collection of art and historical materials on the Bloomsbury Group and their times. Among the art on display are textiles, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, paintings, photos, and a wide variety of smaller artistic experiments.
Outside the house is a walled garden designed by Roger Fry and created by Bell and Grant. Together they transformed a jumbled collection of hen runs and vegetable allotments into a painter's garden, with a Mediterranean style mixed with traditional English cottage garden ambience. Gravel paths lead through plants chosen for their vibrant colour, augmented by carefully selected pieces of sculpture that include life-sized works by Quentin Bell. The cottage garden is linked to a summer garden made for painting and relaxing.
Charleston is run by a charity formed in 1980 to restore and preserve the house as a memorial to the influence on the arts of the Bloomsbury Group. The house and its collection of art have been open to the public since 1987. There is a VERY busy schedule of talks, walks, educational visits, short and long art courses, workshops, and family events.
Address: Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, England, BN8 6LL
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 7 miles east of Lewes, on the A27
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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