Snowshill Manor built and altered between the Tudor period of the 15th century and the 18th century stands prominent in the village with most properties
constructed with the honey coloured local Cotswold stone.
Winchcombe Abbey owned the Manor of Snowshill from 821 until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 by King Henry VIII. The King gave the Manor as a gift to his wife of the time, Katherine Parr.
Snowshill Manor, since then has had many alterations and extensions by the many owners and tenants including the south front constructed in 1720. At the turn of the twentieth century the Manor House was becoming a building of dereliction until an eccentric collector of many things bought the house.
Charles Pagett Wade was an architect and craftsman. Charles was born into a wealthy family at Yoxford in Suffolk. Charles was to inherit the families sugar estates in the West Indies from his father whereby this enabled him to continue his childhood passion of collecting and adding more to his already enormous and varied collection. Charles used the old priest's house in the courtyard for his living quarters whilst the Manor was arrange to suit his collections. A delectable treasure trove of artefacts including Samurai suits of armour, bicycles, toys, clocks and musical instruments. The garden at Snowshill Manor is a delightful blend of blue and purple colours and smells, barns and ponds with intimate corners were you could sit and take in the scenery around you. Architect, M H Baillie-Scott between 1920 and 1923, designed the gardens with terraces on the site of the old farmyard.
The National Trust now owns the Cotswolds manor house and the Pagett Wade treasured collections are on display within the house and outbuildings. Charles Pagett Wade is buried in the church in the village.
Facilities at Snowshill Manor include toilets, restaurant and shop.
Note: There is about a 200 yard stroll along undulating ground from the reception area to the house. A buggy is available for the visitors who require a little help.
Snowshill Manor Opening Times 2007
|24 March–28 October||Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday||11–5:30|
|House and garden||Adult: £7.70||Juniors: £3.90|
|Garden only||Adult: £4.20||Juniors: £2.10|
|Admission by timed ticket only. All tickets will be issued at reception on a first come, first served basis.|
|Web: National Trust|