The June Historic Building Calendar

Picturesque – Cottage Ornée, Blaise Hamlet, Bristol - Click Image to Enlarge

The Picturesque Movement began in the latter part of the 18th century, and originally applied to landscape painting. By the Regency Period the term was applied to cottage ornée - deliberately contrived rustic cottages - and to Italianate or castellated country houses.

Blaise Hamlet was commissioned by the Quaker banker John Scandrett Harford to house his retired servants and is the work of John Nash and George Repton (son of Humphrey Repton). The hamlet consists of 9 differing cottages informally arranged around a central green. The cottages are built of stone; with roofs of stone flags, thatch or plain tiles and all have elaborate brick chimney stacks. All 9 are listed Grade I.

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