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A fine Arts and Crafts house Nov 24, 2010
The Arts and Crafts movement preceded art nouveau and was a reaction to ever increasing mechanisation. It attempted to restore the position of fine design and craftsmanship. Names like John Ruskin and William Morris come to mind.

Blackwell was built with Hugh Mackay Baillie Scott as the architect and completed in 1900. It was for Sir Edward Holt, the head of the Manchester brewery that still exists, to use as a country house.

Possibly the Holts associated it particularly with there son who died in WW1 because they hardly used it after the war and it was later leased. No 'improvements' were made so it remains a real monument to the period when it was built.

However, by the time it was acquired by the National Trust, it was without furniture but they have managed to furnish it completely with things appropriate to the period of its erection.
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