Thursday, 20 February 2014


We visited a National Trust property near East Grinstead, called Standen, this afternoon.

It took us about thirty minutes to reach Standen from Crawley.

This West Sussex country house was was built in the 1890s for James Beale, a prosperous London lawyer, who had another home at Holland Park, London.

The house was designed by Philip Webb and William Morris.

Margaret Beale was a keen gardener and kept a garden diary for many years.

Standen is one of the few Victorian houses owned by the National Trust.

It was bequeathed in 1972 by Miss Helen Beale.

Later we had afternoon tea in The Barn, which included some moist fruit-cake and ginger-cake.

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