The story of the Bloomsbury set

Nige Tassell and Maggie Humm explore Charleston in East Sussex, the rural retreat that recharged some of the keenest minds of the early 20th century

Duncan Grant's studio at Charleston. Despite its lack of creature comforts, the East Sussex farmhouse became the weekend hub of the Bloomsbury set. (Photo by Charleston House/Tony Tree)

This article was first published in the February 2019 edition of BBC History Magazine

It’s difficult, on a brilliantly sunny day, to see Charleston as anything other than an idyllic, peaceful retreat from city life. Nestled among the South Downs, a handful of miles from the English Channel, the former farmhouse and its modest rounds are an open invitation to recharge and reflect. And this is exactly what it offered the Bloomsbury set during the first half of the 20th century.

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