Briarhill (1892) is one of the first examples of Art Nouveau, the new art that quickly swept across Europe at the turn of the century. It is built of bright red bricks and mixed blue, green and purple slates which give the roof a mottled character. Edgar Wood combined simple shapes, semi-circles, oblongs and triangles, with elongated features like the pilasters on the bay windows. If you look closely, you can see swirling Art Nouveau leaded windows and a tree carving above the door.
'Briarcourt' in Lindley, designed by Edgar Wood and built 1894-1896 for Herbert Higginson Sykes (Edgar's second cousin) and his new wife Annie. An Arts and Crafts house with Jacobean influences. Photo taken Jan 2015 by Vicky House: www.briarcourtrevisited.com