Astley Hall

Black and white photographic postcard from 1905. Astley Hall was home to Stanley Baldwin, a UK prime minister.

This is Astley Hall, Stourport, the home of Stanley and Lucy Baldwin. Lucy (Angela McInnes/Thirkell called her “Aunt Cissie”) invited Angela, Graham, and Colin to stay in a cottage on the estate for most of July 1918 and into August.

In her diary, transcribed and published by the Angela Thirkell Society of North America, Angela describes the cottage at Astley Hall as Aunt Cissie’s “Rest House”, and she lists various walks and visits she made with the boys around what was a very rural area – quite different from their life in Kensington. The Burl, Dick Brook, Dunley and Wilden are all familiar names and places to me. It’s odd to think that, 105 years ago, they were also familiar to Angela.

I love this photo of Astley Hall (from around the time of Angela’s visit); the house has something for every architectural mood.






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