Tyntesfield Estate

Tyntesfield Estate, which was owned by the wealthy Gibbs family for over 200 years, is a Victorian Gothic Revival Estate near Wraxall, North Somerset, England. The magnificent 43 bedroomed,  house is built in Gothic Revival style and is constructed of Bath Stone. The house, which included the servants' wing and the chapel  was made a Grade II listed building in 1973 and has since been upgraded to Grade I. George Abraham Gibbs, born in 1718, was an eminent surgeon in Devon, his son Anthony was a Shipping Agent. Following a disasterous period where the Gibbs family fortune appeared to be lost, Anthony traveled to Spain in order to salvage the Company. Whilst away, Anthony realized the potential of the Spanish Colonies in South America, opening an office in Australia. The journey from Melbourne to South America took only 66 days and Anthony was able to hire his cousin’s ships to complete the route. One of the ships he used was the ss Great Britain. Valuable cargo that was to give the Gibbs family their great wealth was extracted from the islands off Peru/ Upon Anthony’s return to London some years later, his sons Henry and William joined the family business, which continued to flourish.

William Gibbs purchased Tyntes Place, the original Regency-Gothic house that stood on the site, in 1843. In 1863 he began the full-blown rebuilding to create the beautiful house that now stands. The cost was £70,000. The original architect was John Norton. During  the 1880s, further, alterations were made by architect Henry Woodyer. The Chapel was designed by Arthur William Blomfield in the 1870s. The late and last Lord Wraxall died in 2001. There were 19 heirs but Lord Wraxall knew that the house was in serious need of extensive refurbishment in the 1970’s and so he invited the National Trust & Victorian Society to view & assess the house & contents. The National Trust put it on their “To Be Saved” list.



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