Cumbria, Lancashire Event - 12/10/22
A number of Lancashire and Cumbria Guild members and guests met for coffee at the home of Carolyn Dodwell (née Roberson) in Bowness-on-Windermere before visiting Broad Leys, an iconic CFA Voysey ‘Arts and Crafts’ period house. Broad Leys is home to the prestigious Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club with most of its original style and features still in place. There is even some original hand-made wallpaper in one of the bedrooms! Broad Leys was built in 1899 for a successful Yorkshire colliery owner and is one of the country’s most important Voysey buildings. It sits on the eastern shores of Windermere with magnificent gardens sloping down to the lake.
Guild members and guests toured the ground floor rooms which are heavily panelled, have panoramic Arts and Crafts style windows and retain their authentic fireplaces with decorative tiling. A visit to the first floor included a tour of the bedrooms (including some hand-painted wallpaper), which are available for overnight stays.
There was no lack of conversation during our private lunch in the Dining Room and a number of new friendships were made.
LEFT TO RIGHT:
Left side of table - Judith Cochrane, Dorothy Scaife (guest of Judith), Gill Sykes, Tony Furlong (husband of Janet Douglas), Janet Douglas
Right side of table from window coming forwards - Ken Anderton, Margaret Anderton, Gil Bomber, Diana Nicholson, Carolyn Dodwell
Carolyn Dodwell (née Roberson, 1975-1977, St Hilda’s/Fauconberg)
Guild Cumbria and Lancashire Representative