The architect of 21 Yateley Road, H.T. Buckland, was born in Barmouth, Wales and educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and the school of architecture at Birmingham School of Art.
The property was built by Sir Samuel of Samuel Montague Bank from 1873-75, and employed one of the most famous architects of the time, Samuel Whitfield Daukes.
Timber-framed construction of medieval origins with overhanging or jettied upper floors at front.
Hear about the Society’s work and see inside this wonderfully atmospheric working building.
English Heritage calls this one of the finest examples of a Victorian country house. The Grade II* hall was built by Samuel Daukes in 1845. Forty years on, the interiors were refashioned and much remains today. A theatre has murals of Worcestershire life. Visitors can climb the landmark 1880s Clock Tower – seven counties can be seen on a clear day.
The house has strong links to Charles I who took refuge here in a priest hole from Oliver Cromwell (leaving his coat behind). Later, Charles II presented the Acton family with a fine portrait of Charles I, which still hangs in the Saloon to this day.