Early English Arts & Crafts

William Morris on the Isle of Man

Cronkbourne House (Tromode House) on the Isle of Man

Cronkbourne House

Cronkbourne House on the Isle of Man is also known as Tromode House and is perhaps best known as one of the site where Edward Burne-Jones Beauty and the Beast tiles were installed. Sadly, the "Tromode version" of those tiles were removed from the fireplace overmantel and sold at Christie's before the estate was purchased and restored piece-by-piece by the current owner, Mr. Graham Warwick, who has graciously provided the photos on this page.

Additional information about Edward Burne-Jones fairy tale tiles painted by Lucy Faulkner and sold through Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co. and installed at 'The Hill', please see:

William Moore, however, was a good customer of William Morris and Cronkbourne has several other Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co. tile installations, as well as a stunning daisy window.

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Cronkbourne in the 1890s

Cronkbourne House (Tromode House), view from river in 1890s

Cronkbourne house sits on the banks of River Glass on the Isle of Man. It is perhaps best known for the Beauty & the Beast tiles that were installed there by the original William Moore / Clucas family. Mr. Warwick has, over a lifetime, acquired the home and much of the surrounding land to restore the estate.

Cronkbourne House (Tromode House), back view from the hill, 1890s

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Cronkbourne in the 1900s

Cronkbourne House (Tromode House), early 1900s

In the early years, of the 20th century, Cronkbourne was a social hub, with frequent visits from royalty. Some of these visits are commemorated in the house interior architectural.

Cronkbourne House fireplace, commemorating royal visits, early 1900s

Tromode House hallway fireplace, with Morris, Marshall, and Faulkner Cinderella side panels


Cronkbourne House Today

Cronkbourne House on the Isle of Man

Cronkbourne House, View from Back

Victorian Fireplace

A small fireplace in Cronkbourke has been restored with a combination of Delft blue and white tiles, and early blue and white Morris, Marshall, and Faulkner tiles in Longdon, Swan, Daisy, Primrose, and Peterhouse Clump designs.

Cronkbourne small fireplace Morris, restored with original Marshall and Faulkner tiles mixed with Victorian Delft tiles. MMF tiles are primarily Morris designs, with some De Morgan

Cronkbourne small fireplace

The Library Fireplace: Beauty and the Beast

Edward Burne-Jones Beauty and the Beast tile panel, Cronkbourne

The original Beauty and the Beast overmantel tiles were removed and sold at Christie's. Replacement with reproduction tiles is under discussion. The current state of the overmantel:

The library still contains William Morris tiles, however. The WFM and HM initials on these tiles refer to William Fines Moore and his wife Hannah, the original mid-Victorian owners of Cronkbourne.

Tromode House library tiles with initial of the Original Owners, William Fines Moore and his wife, Hannah

Library Corner Detail


The Hallway Fireplace: Cinderella Side Panels

Tromode House hallway fireplace, left Cinderella panel, showing Cinderella's situation before the ball

Tromode House hallway fireplace, right Cinderella panel, showing Cinderella after meeting and marrying the Prince

Apparently unrecorded, two Cinderella side panels brace the hallway fireplace, showing Cinderella before and after her life transformation.

The design for the Cinderella side panels was created by Edward Burne-Jones in 1862. A slightly different later version flanked the grate in the Cinderella fireplace at 'The Hill'.

The surrounding 'leaves and berries' design, implemented in blue and brown and yellow, was drawn by William Morris in 1860.

Tromode (Cronkbourne) House hallway fireplace, with William Morris Cinderella side panels


The Daisy Window

Cronkbourne has a beautiful Morris, Marshall, and Faulkner Daisy window, reminiscent of the garden window at Red House.

Tromode House, Stained glass window with daisy pattern

Morris, Marshall, and Faulkner Window at Cronkbourne House

Daisies were a major theme in Morris's designs from early tiles, needlework and stained glass, through the Membland tile panels.

The Evolution of the Daisy

Stained glass window at Red House

Red House Birds window


Related Tiles

William Morris Overview and Tile Listing

William Morris Tiles - Visual Catalog

Red House and Early Tiles

Tiles from Tapestries and Textiles

Fairy Tale Fireplace Tiles

Fairy Tale Fireplace Tiles