A History Of Beau Castle In Worcestershire

One glance is enough to transport you to a magical world where anything is possible. At Beau Castle even the most city hardened could find themselves believing in fairies, or magic. Beau Castle is an intriguing building, with windows in unexpected places, a roof which looks as though parts were added as afterthoughts, and the whole of which looks as though it grew from the ground over time, rather than being built by the hands of men.

For all its intrigue and mystery Beau Castle is in fact not yet a century and a half in age, having been built in 1877. One of the principal facets of Beau Castle is its location, built in one of the most stunning positions overlooking breathtaking views of open countryside.

The reason for its fascinating appearance is that it was born in the Arts and Craft period, with a heavy influence of Venetian Gothicism. The estate of Beau Castle was purchased two years previously in 1875 by George Baker, a Birmingham industrialist and the then Mayor of Birmingham and Bewdley. Baker designed the house specifically for a Quaker family, along with John Ruskin, a well known art critic, and Richard Doubleday, an established architect. The alpine balcony which extends around the back of the property is said to have been directly influenced by Ruskin’s frequent travels through the Alps.

The gothic style windows with their trefoil and arched tops also include several examples of stunning stained glass artwork, created by Edward Byrne-Jones, a well known and widely respected artist keen on the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

Inside Beau castle you are constantly surprised by unexpected architectural features, intriguing galleries, doors and rooms, and with the beautiful wood panelling and stunning views through the Venetian Gothic windows this truly is a place where you can be far from the madding crowd.

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