CHARLESTON FARMHOUSE

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CHARLESTON FARMHOUSE

Charleston Farmhouse (18th century?) was the country home of the artists Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) and Duncan Grant (1885-1978), who moved to Charleston in 1916.  Grant was employed at a nearby farm, alongside his friend and lover David Garnett (1892-1981). Both Garnett and Grant were conscientious objectors.  Charleston became a focal point for the group of radical artists, writers and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Set, which included John Maynard Keynes, Virginia Woolf (Vanessa Bell’s sister), E M Forster, Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry.  Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant are buried next to each other in Firle churchyard.

Charleston Farmhouse and garden is open to the public and also hosts a number of exhibitions throughout the year, as well as art workshops in a restored barn. The Famous Women Dinner Service, designed by Bell and Grant, is on permanent display.  There is also a shop and a café.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Firle
Nr Lewes
County
East Sussex
Post Code
BN8 6LL
Main Historic Period
Modern
Useful Website Address
Primary Management
Other

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