Mark Hearld is the busy, polygamous artist and maker whom I've long wanted to meet. He has made multiple marriages, to print-making and collage, drawing and painting, lino-cutting, ceramics, wallpaper and textile design, cut-outs and collecting, clot...
September 21st, 2021
Why we loved Laura Ashley, all over again.
Everyone helped with everything, loading the delivery vans with garments, then piling into the pub - the Aleppo Arms - at the end of a big production run. There were staff football matches with factory girls playing shop girls and the w...
February 7th, 2021
Charleston Farmhouse needs you.
The French call the little, personal and inconsequential anecdotes that are most revealing of life, les petites histoires. Charleston Farmhouse is full of them, signposts and memoranda of the lives of the illustrious, clever Bloomsbury Group who pain...
August 12th, 2020
The Pauper's Cookbook and The Country Kitchen, china, compost heaps, cold frames & - country life by Jason Goodwin
Ever since I wrote Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire, I’ve been brooding. On the face of it the Ottomans had precious little to shout about, though they ruled from the castle at Buda to the deserts of Arabia.
June 18th, 2020
Seaweed, Smoking and Scale, the Importance Of : Molly Alexander remembers her great aunt, Min Hogg.
Feted as the inventor-founder-editor of The World of Interiors magazine, in later life Min Hogg reinvented herself as the proud designer of an exquisite range of seaweed pattern wallpapers. Professionally she was often fierce, but her private life wa...
May 7th, 2020
Humble Elegance: John Fowler’s creative response to troubled times, by Daniel Pieckielon Slowik
Arriving one Easter at Veere Grenney's scintillating house in Tangier, Gazebo, I was curious to know who the other guests were. A bedroom door was flung open and Daniel Slowik appeared, smiling beautifully beneath a Panama hat. After we left Sunday c...
April 26th, 2020
By Ben Pentreath: A Month in the Country and the Story of Parsonage Pink
It’s four weeks now since we’ve been here, down in Dorset. I’d say a couple of weeks ago the house got very tidy indeed. Everyone in the country, housebound and feeling helpless, went on a massive spring clean. We were no exception. It was ...
April 19th, 2020
the bobt: a trip to the archives
To mark April's Renaissance, the bibleofbritishtaste presents new stories and themes. Some are being commissioned from generous and talented friends. But these are not them. Today's story is an amuse gueule from its archives of thousands of pictu...
April 8th, 2020
I am a painter and I paint every day: Romi Behrens at Prussia Cove
Romi Behrens, b.1939, who lived at Prussia Cove in West Cornwall, belonged to no school of art and received no formal painting tuition
December 17th, 2019
Old Albion, Ben Pentreath, Charlie McCormick and their Old Parsonage.
As some of you will know, architect and designer Ben Pentreath and plantsman, florist and collector Charlie McCormick live for most of the time in a small hamlet in West Dorset, although they have a London life as well. The dogs and their...
October 14th, 2018
New Years greetings from the bible of british taste 2015
The Eynsham Morris, boy novices at the first stop on their local Boxing Day four-pub fixture. NB Green Man.
Photo credit my sister Lizzie who was standing next to me.
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December 31st, 2015
Dingles Fairground Attractions.
The first fairground ride-upon that I coveted was a life-sized goat that hung for almost two years against the window in Malcolm Glickstein's junk shop. Although I had left no deposit on it, I thought of it as already mine, until sudd...
September 6th, 2015
Ghastly Good Taste? The Best of John Betjeman.
John Betjeman hated experts, antiquarianism, art historians and research fellowships. As his daughter Candida Lycett Green has pointed out, he never set out to champion conservation in the academic sense of that word, but rather to work in the cause ...
July 15th, 2013
Something for the weekend - Barbara Jones.
The King Penguin Guide to the Isle of Wight - a place that I once commuted to each week - was the first book by Barbara Jones that I bought. One of her illustrations shows the Horn Room at Osborne House, with Prince Albert’s Teutonic antler furni...
May 9th, 2013
How Cecil Sharp sowed the seeds of love.
Nothing could be more Romantic than the English Folk tradition as it was revived at the start of the twentieth century. Much of the glory for this belongs to a single character, Cecil Sharp, for whom Cecil Sharp House was built as a memorial, library...
February 16th, 2013
The past in black, white and sepia.
My grandmother is the one near the middle, sidesaddle on the donkey like a small, shaggy camel. The caption of the picture, if there were one, would be 'Haymaking in Bierton,' a ceremonial harvest home when the village dressed up and posed self-consc...
January 27th, 2013
The Nativity comes to Kentish Town (II), Epiphany.
Saturday January 5th. This was the scene at the Church of St. Silas in Kentish Town yesterday evening, where the Christmas Crib was being reordered for the feast of the Epiphany today, when the three Magi complete their journey.
The Three King...
January 6th, 2013
The Nativity comes to Kentish Town, (I).
At All Hallow's Church, Savernake Road, on the south eastern corner of Hampstead Heath, Father David Houlding started the business of decorating his church on Wednesday. Today, Sunday December 23rd, is 'Advent IV,' the fourth Sunday in Advent, and ...
December 23rd, 2012
Agricultural-theme wedding in Honiton, Devon.
Wedding March - 'I've got a brand new combine harvester ... '.... wishing them great happiness
There are three or four new ‘kneelers’ – the flat cushions that preserve the knees of the devout – in the pews at St. Buryan Church every year. Shelia Hosking began making them in 1982. ‘We had blue kneelers and they were gettin...