The Historic Houses Association – the HHA – has launched a new Literary Trail for 2017, which features Renishaw Hall and Gardens, home to the famous literary trio; Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell.
The trail includes over 40 HHA Member houses across the UK that have links to literary figures, books and plays. It has been launched in recognition of Visit England’s campaign – Year of Literary Heroes 2017.
Few country houses can boast of such a collection of writers as have been connected with the hall at Renishaw which is between Chesterfield and Sheffield.
During the early part of the 20th Century, the Sitwell ‘Trio’ championed creativity and encouraged many younger poets, writers and artists of the time such as Wilfred Owen, T.S Eliot, Dylan Thomas and Aldous Huxley.
The Sitwell family itself produced accomplished writers: Edith established herself as a poet on an international scale, and lived her life like a piece of performance art. Osbert was the writer of his brilliant memoir, Left hand! Right Hand!, describing his Renishaw childhood, while Sacheverell become one of the great writers on art and architecture.
Renishaw Hall was frequented by famous writers and artists associated with the Trio, notably D.H.Lawrence and Evelyn Waugh, and painters Rex Whistler and John Piper.
Today, visitors to Renishaw Hall and Gardens can see the works of the family during a tour of the Hall, as well as a superb display of paintings and photographs by their artistic acquaintances.
One of the most important collections of John Piper artwork is on show at the hall today, and a permanent exhibition on the writers and their artistic and literary associations can be seen in the Stables Courtyard Museum. Specialist tours looking more in depth at the literary legacy of the family are available throughout the year for group bookings.
Alexandra Sitwell, owner of Renishaw Hall and Gardens, said: “For generations, my family have been passionate collectors and patrons of the arts and the hall is filled with the history of the family’s own work as well as their connections to writers, innovators and eccentrics. I hope that visitors will use this new online literary trail and come and explore the important literary stories here at Renishaw, as well as in other HHA houses across the country.”
To find out more about the HHA Literary Trail, access the trail at http://www.hha.org.uk/literary and click on the pins to uncover the stories.
Renishaw Hall and Gardens opens for the season on March 22. Visit http://www.renishaw-hall.co.uk or call 01246 432310 for more information.