Architecture and the Gimson family

Stoneywell, the house Ernest Gimson designed for his brother Sydney, has just been bought by the National Trust and is being prepared for opening to the public next Spring. We were delighted to welcome the curator, Simon Chesters-Thompson, who came to look at the Memorial Library and the Lupton Hall (also designed by Ernest Gimson) in the course of his research. Simon was also very appreciative of the chance to visit Five Oaks, the Steep house designed by Ernest’s nephew Humphrey Gimson (OB) for his elder brother Basil (OB), when Basil returned to Bedales to teach. On his retirement, Basil moved back to Stoneywell and as the house has remained in the family until now some of the furniture that the National Trust has acquired was originally made for Five Oaks. Simon was accompanied by Hugh Routh (OB) who is advising on the restoration work. Read more about Stoneywell.

By Jane Kirby, Archivist and Librarian


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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