Detour: Bullers Wood School
A photograph from Ernest Newton's book, 1891
Named after an ancient forest, the original Bullers Wood house was built in the 1860's and was owned by the Sanderson family from the 1870's. Sanderson was a Scotsman who had made his money sheep farming in Australia. He employed local architect Ernest Newton to extend the house in 1889. The result is an Arts and Crafts style house which sits on an elevated terrace overlooking woodland.
Morris and Co were employed to decorate the interior, it is said that William Morris himself contributed the beautiful library wallpaper and hand painted ceiling which remain in situ. A carpet named Bullers Wood by Morris is on display in the Victoria and Albert museum.
The house became St Nicholas College, the Royal School of Church Music in 1930 and then a School in 1939. It is now Bullers Wood School.