Holker Hall-Galloway’s stylish Victorian new venture

As part of the development of their portfolio of excellent country home fairs Susan and Richard Galloway have added Holker Hall for 2018. Holker Hall is a superb Victorian house built on a grand scale in a style best described as neo-Elizabethan. It is the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish, and despite the richness of the interior this is very much a family home. The first house on this site was built in the early 16th century.

Holker Hall is a superb Victorian house built on a grand scale in a style best described as neo-Elizabethan. It is the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish, and despite the opulence of the interior this is very much a family home. The first house on this site was built in the early 16th century. The Estate has passed by inheritance through just three families: the Prestons, the Lowthers and the currently the Cavendishes.

The fire of 1871 destroyed the entire west wing, including a significant part of the contents. This catastrophe enabled a grander rebuilding and was described by Pevsner as the best Elizabethan Gothic in the north of England. This wing is the part of the house that is now open to the public and is where the prestigious Galloway Antique and Fine Art Fair will be held between 16th to the 18th of March this year.

All traders are very pleased to be able to exhibit their wonderful items in such a setting and I am privileged to be among them. Find me, Jane Sanderson of The Antiques Bazaar, in room two where I will have amongst my stock, a rare cobalt lidded casket with silver mounts, by George Adam Scheid, and a wonderful silver-gilt box with agate inset by the Court jewellers for Ferdinand 1 of Austria, as well as a fine selection of Georgian glass and English Art Nouveau silver.

I very much look forward to seeing you there.