‘The Nine Pipers’ – by Jon Lloyd

‘The Nine Pipers’ – by Jon Lloyd

A remarkable feature of the dining room is the collection of nine pictures by John Piper, one of the most important British artists of the Twentieth century. Piper had a lifelong interest in buildings and their settings, from architectural gems to picturesque ruins....
Upstairs, Downstairs

Upstairs, Downstairs

Written by Annie Boag. As with all grand houses there was an upstairs and downstairs divide. Those who worked mainly downstairs and lived up in the attics haven’t been recorded, until now, in the history of Arundells. They are, without doubt, part of the story so I...
The Bown Family – Written by Annie Boag

The Bown Family – Written by Annie Boag

(Image shows Elizabeth with Peterkin and Tribulation 1942. South door of Arundells with brown tape on glass to prevent blast damage) I’m being radical, rather than keeping things chronological I thought you would enjoy reading about the Bown family. I would like...
Leonard Bilson

Leonard Bilson

Written by Annie Boag Leonard Bilson was the last canon to live in the house, until the 20th century, an educated man of previous high standing, who ended up in indelible infamy and in prison for 23 years, for the sake of unrequited love. Leonard Bilson was born in...
The Garden of Immortal Peaches

The Garden of Immortal Peaches

The Garden of Immortal Peaches  Written by Annie Boag. The wallpaper which adorns the walls of the grand staircase at Arundells was a gift to Sir Edward Heath from two of his private secretaries who worked in China. It is hand painted and was sent in rolls from China....
Henry of Blunsdon

Henry of Blunsdon

Written by Annie Boag. Henry of Blunsdon was a resident of Arundells from 1291 until 1316. He was probably from Blunsdon in north Wiltshire, roughly five miles north of Swindon.  His date of birth is unknown but was probably in the mid 13th century. He was born during...