The latest on recent events to unearth and confirm the fascinating history behind Northwood House and its grounds – along with a few new discoveries – will be revealed in a talk during the forthcoming IW Literary Festival.
Tim Wander, Northwood House Charitable Trust Co Ltd’s building project manager and author of a new book on the building’s rich history, will be recounting the estate’s colourful past as well as discussing the latest information gleaned as a result of survey work by Island Roads on Thursday 15th October at 18:00 in Northwood House.
This recent work, conducted under Island Roads’ volunteering programme, has – amongst other findings – established the foundation of the former Catholic Church built in Northwood House’s grounds in the early 1900s and confirmed the presence of a ‘secret’ chamber or tunnel beneath the building’s ornate Egypt Corner.
“This has been a particularly exciting period for all those involved with, and those with an interest in, Northwood House and Park.
“With the help of Island Roads we have gained a new understanding of the building and its grounds which I look forward to discussing and explaining during the forthcoming talk.
“The recent publication of the Northwood House guidebook and the help provided by Island Roads has highlighted the interest in the cellars and its rumoured (and known) tunnels emanating from them.
“At this time the Directors are taking advice on the best way to proceed, given that the House is a Grade II* listed building and the cellars are part of the original Bellevue foundations from 1768, nearly 250 years old. Recent investigations have answered some questions; revealed a long buried surprise; and posed even more questions”.
Copies of the limited edition Northwood House guidebook, which includes a full chapter on the unique tunnels and cellars, are still available. It is limited to 200 copies, each numbered and signed by the author. All proceeds from the talk and the guidebook go toward restoration of the House; and signed copies will be available after Tim’s talk. Guidebooks are available for £10.00 each only from the Charity. Collect directly from Northwood House (preferred) or by post for an additional £1.95.
To order your copy in advance email [email protected] or call 01983 293642.