Madrid to Tyntesfield – the Spanish connection

A NEW theme at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield, house near Bristol running through 2019 and 2020 will give visitors the chance to discover more of the estate’s historic Spanish connections.

“From Madrid to Tyntesfield: A story of love, loss and legacy” reveals the life of Tyntesfield’s founder, William Gibbs, who was born in Madrid, the son of a Spanish woollen merchant. William’s story is one of long struggles to pay off inherited debts, of lost love, and business deals across the Hispanic world that generated a vast fortune.

Many of the items within the house and across the grounds give insight to this legacy. The theme will be explored through displays within the house, seasonal events, new dishes on the menu and an autumn photography exhibition.

Susan Hayward, the Trust’s Bristol and Tyntesfield curator, says: “William’s Anglo-Spanish identity was an important factor in the huge success of his South American trade and the reason why he had the cash to create his grand High Gothic design at Tyntesfield.”

Visitors will be able see items from the vast Tyntesfield collection that have never been on display before, including ornate model interiors from the Alhambra palace in Granada, and a series of portrait miniatures painted by the miniaturist to the Spanish royal family, Antonio Tomasich y Haro.

Spanish influenced food and drink in Tyntesfield’s Cow Barn Restaurant will include chorizo burgers made with meat supplied by the estate’s tenant farmers and orange and rhubarb cake using ingredients grown in the kitchen garden.

Pictured: Tyntesfield Alhambra with William Gibbs inlaid © National Trust / Bob Fowler & Henry Lyndsay