2. Mount Felix before the war

2. Mount Felix before the war

The second panel travels back in time to before war broke out. It depicts the view of the estate from the Shepperton side of the River. This straight stretch of river was well known for regattas and boating trips.

From the 18th Century Mount Felix had been owned by the Earl of Tankerville who, in 1837 commissioned Sir Charles Barry to reconstruct a grand Mansion in the Palladian tradition. Tankerville also created a Surrey Cricket team and one of the players, employed as a Gardnener at Mount Felix, ‘Lumpey Stevens’ was a bowler whose skill and technique meant that the accuracy of his bowling didn’t necessarily knock the bails of the two stump wickets, and the third stump had to be introduced.

By WWI, it has passed out of the hands of the Tankervilles, through the hands of Herbert Ingram (founder of the Illustrated London News) and into the ownership of John Cook ( son of Thomas Cook). When he and his wife died, the eastate stood empty. During this time, it gradually fell into disrepeair. However the grounds were used by Walton based Film Pioneer, Cecil Hepworth who created the first film version of Alice In Wonderland at Mount Felix in 1903.

Stichers: Yasmeen Kreebani-Branton, Lindsay Bull and Carol Anne Reid.

Carol Anne Reid: I fell in love with this panel as it evoked a golden age that was shortly to come to the most savage end. Because there was very little historic information about Mount Felix of this time it enabled me to be completely free in the stitches and colours of the greenery.

Lindsay Bull: I loved the peaceful image and I really wanted to do something blue and tranquil, so this panel ticked all the boxes. I especially enjoyed doing plaited fly stitch (an expert won’t recognise my attempt at it!) for the swan’s feathers. I have really loved doing the stitching in these panels.

Sponsors: Jasmine Deane, Ruth Evans, Shirley Crowther