Friday, 10 September 2010

Newer Foundations - the move to Nashdom

As the community grew, so the need for further space made the purchase and development of a larger home necessary. All the photos in the next series will have few comments and I start with the monastic buildings as the community moved to their new home in 1929.
Nashdom House and formal gardens were built in 1905-9 by Edwin Lutyens for Prince Dolgorouki. It was intended as a large but inexpensive house for entertaining. In 1929 the house was purchased by the Anglican Order of Benedictine Monks and became Nashdom Abbey. In the 1960s an extension was added to the north-east of the house and in 1987 the monastery was sold. In 1997 the 1960s extension was demolished and the house was converted into residential flats.

The main building of Nashdom Abbey is a large, imposing house in bare neo-Regency style. It is a symmetrical building built of brick and it comprises of a single storey entrance bay and two flanking bays. The entrance bay has a portico with Tuscan columns and piers carrying an entablature with a balustrade. In the grounds of the house there is a gatehouse, at the north-east corner, and a single-storey, L-shaped stable.

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