History explorer: the arts and crafts movement

Rosalind Ormiston and Spencer Mizen visit Standen House in West Sussex to explore a movement that championed the virtues of traditional craftsmanship

Bridge Cottage, Wirral. (Photo by Corbis Documentary/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the December 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine

If you’re looking for evidence of the terrible damage wrought on working-class people by the relentless rise of industrialisation in the 19th century then, on the face of it, Standen House isn’t a good starting point. This beautiful country pile, nestled in a leafy corner of rural West Sussex, can seem a million miles from the dark, satanic mills of Victorian Manchester or the sprawling, poverty-ridden slums of east London. But appearances can be deceptive.

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