Book - A Gothic Vision

Woodchester - A Gothic Vision

The story of William Leigh, Benjamin Bucknall and the building of Woodchester Mansion.


This book, written by the Mansion archivist, Liz Davenport, is a comprehensive guide to the history of the Mansion. It tells how the wealthy Catholic convert William Leigh came to Woodchester and why his wonderful Mansion was never finished.

If you've visited then you're sure to have unanswered questions - find the answers in this account of the extended Leigh family, the roles of the architects Augustus Pugin, Charles Hansom and Benjamin Bucknall, and the story of how Leigh's estate became the property of his two granddaughters.

If you would like to learn more about Woodchester Mansion, this book is a must for your reading list. It also makes an ideal gift for anyone who has visited and been intrigued by the amazing building. Or if you would like to share your enjoyment of the Mansion with others and encourage them to visit, buy a copy for them.

The Neo-Gothic Mansion was an on-trend example of mid-nineteenth century architectural design; the book, written in the twenty-first century digital era, is only available as an e-book from Amazon Kindle, price £7.50.

It is now possible to purchase a Kindle book as a gift for someone else.

All proceeds from the sales go to the Woodchester Mansion Trust.

2022 Open Day Season

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Friday 1st April to Sunday 30th October from 11am-5pm.

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