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Before his marriage to Margaret, and the construction of their family home, Winterbourne’s John Nettlefold cut his teeth in the family firm which eventually became Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds (GKN), one of the largest manufacturing companies of its time, first forged in the heat of the industrial revolution. John began work in the firm’s Broad … More Powered by Plants

Snapshot: Now and Then

 Winterbourne’s broad terrace was employed successfully by architect, JL Ball, as a means of transitioning from house to garden. Ball prescribed a typically understated treatment of the retaining wall and in particular the small verandah which links projecting cross wings on either side: ‘the ceiling and walls inside the verandah to be whitewashed and the … More Snapshot: Now and Then

Food for Thought

When Winterbourne’s architect, Joseph Lancaster Ball, was instructed by the Nettlefolds to design the hard landscape immediately surrounding the property, he gave as much care and attention to the five-sided Walled Garden as he did to the house itself. Here, Arts and Crafts traditions emerged again in the surrounding country first tamed by Ball, and … More Food for Thought