Step inside the Red lodge and pass through centuries of changing fortunes, from decadent entertaining space, to smart family home, to the lives of the girls of the Red Lodge Reformatory. Let Mary Henley, mistress of the house in the 1730s, welcome you in our new film, and don’t miss the beautiful Great Oak Room and the newly revealed 16th century well. Or relax for a while in the reinstated Elizabethan knot garden, the design of which was taken from the plasterwork ceiling of the master bedroom. Treasures on display include 16th century portraits, oak furniture, and Mary Carpenter’s piano.
The original building, possibly designed by Sebastiano Serlio, was built as an entertainment lodge for the Great House of St. Augustine’s Back, located where Colston Hall now stands. Further additional building phases took place in the 1730s and the early 19th century.