In 1944 the Holt Family provided Liverpool with one of the most astonishing Victorian style homes ever to be enjoyed by the general public. Previous owner George Holt was a partner of the shipping company Lamport and Holt, and bought Sudley House in 1883. Holt decorated his home with attractive pieces of art, some by the renowned artists Gainsborough, Raynolds Landseer and Turner.
Sudley House has the only art collection of a Victorian merchant still in its original setting and features include two childhood rooms that show how Victorian children learned and played. Exhibits include a huge dollsâ€™ house, educational toys, fashion dolls and pots used at mealtimes by rich and poor children.
The costume room displays a selection of clothes owned by the three daughters of Walter Holland, George Holtâ€™s neighbour and business partner. The clothes date from the 1880s to the 1920s and were bought in Bold Street, Liverpool and Paris.
Sudley House offers a warm welcome from the Holt family - George and Elizabeth Holt and daughter Emma - with a contemporary video that tells you all about each member of the family.
Costume Drama: Fashion from 1790 to 1850
08 July 2011 - 07 May 2012
This exhibition explores the development of fashionable dress between 1790 and 1850, a period of rapid social, economic and political change. Exactly two hundred years after the publication of Jane Austenâ€™s first novel, 'Sense and Sensibility', visitors to Sudley House will be able to see original clothes and accessories from her time.
Viewers of popular television adaptations, such as Austenâ€™s 'Pride and Prejudice' and Elizabeth Gaskellâ€™s 'Cranford' novels are sure to enjoy this collection of early and rare garments. Highlights include a manâ€™s court suit from the 1790s or early 1800s, richly embroidered with multi-coloured silks and a brilliant yellow silk brocade evening dress, from the early 1840s.
They will be placed in their wider social and historic contexts through a wide range of contemporary fashion plates, engravings and drawings
Details of upcoming exhibitions at Sudley House have not yet been confirmed.
Open 10am-5pm daily.
Closed from 2pm on 24 December, all day 25 and 26 December and 1 January.
Please bear in mind that there is very limited parking at the venue so public transport is strongly recommended.
The drive from the city centre takes approximately 20 mins. The easiest route is to simply follow the road that runs alongside the river - the A5036 (it is called Wapping in the Albert Dock area). Drive south - the river will be on your right. The road will run for a few miles becoming Sefton Street and then Riverside Drive and will pass over several roundabouts - just follow the main line of traffic over them. Go past the Britannia pub and a short while later you reach a roundabout with a sign pointing left to the recycling centre. Here follow the sign left onto Jericho Lane and follow this until you reach a main traffic junction. Go straight across at these traffic lights (crossing the A561 Aigburth Road) onto Ashfield Road. At the next set of traffic lights go right onto Elmswood Road, then just before Mossley Hill church (which is on your right) turn right onto Mossley Hill Road. The entrance to Sudley House is about 500m along on your right.
There are two railway stations within walking distance of Sudley House. If travelling from the city centre board at Lime Street Station - several services stop at Mossley Hill station. Alternatively, take the Southport-Hunts Cross line to Aigburth station (board at either Liverpool Central or Moorfields). This service runs every 15 mins.
Several buses stop near Sudley House including number 61 from stand 5 at Bootle bus station to Elmswood Road bus stop (5min walk to Sudley House), number 82 from the Liverpool One bus station to Aigburth Road bus stop (10 mins walk) and the 80 or 80A t...+ [ Read all ]
Sudley House stands in its own grounds and there is ample room for a picnic on a nice day.
The tearoom is located on the ground floor and is open 10.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Sunday. The menu includes sandwiches, soup of the day, 'posh pies' and homemade cakes. We also serve a selection of hot and cold drinks, including cappuccinos and other artisan coffees.
There is a limited range of Sudley House souvenirs available through the tearoom.
Sorry, we do not have a designated, staffed cloakroom, although visitors can hang their coats at their own risk. We also ask that visitors avoid bringing bags into the gallery.
If you are visiting to see a particular work we suggest you contact us in advance to ensure it is on gallery (we sometimes loan objects to other galleries or remove them for conservation). Call the information desk on 0151 724 3245.
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