Snowhill ManorSeptember 3 in the United Kingdom
This was really a bit of a fill in.
Had some time before we could book into hotel so went a little out of way to Snowhill.
While on the Western Front Charles Ware saw an advertisement for a manor in the Cotswolds in an old copy of Country Life.
After the War it was still available so he bought it. He wanted somewhere to put his collection.
An interesting fellow was young Charles. He started collecting at 7 when he saved his penny a week pocket money to buy a St Michael's Bone Box.
After that he was off.
It helped that his family owned sugar plantations ii one in the Caribbean.
If he hadn't been rich unkind soles could have called him obsessive as his collection ended up having over 20,000 pieces.
His tastes were very Catholic and he loved anything that showed craftmanship.
I can't imagine what he would have been like in the age of carboot sales.
He didn't live in the manor but in a cottage next door. The manor was for the collection.
He married at 63 to a lady from the village. But that's a different tale.Read more