A Tribute to English Design

Visiting John and Louise Beard’s Redmont home is like being transported across the pond to an old English abbey or a castle, and Louise, a self-proclaimed Anglophile, wouldn’t have it any other way.

Complete with gargoyles, stained glass windows and treasured collectibles, this estate in Birmingham, Alabama is a testament to the Beards’ love of all things English. A new build, completed in 2012, the home is designed to resemble an English Abbey which has evolved over time.

Swinbrooke, an architect designed estate, was built to resemble an English Abbey

Swinbrooke, an architect designed estate, was built to resemble an English Abbey. Photograph by Sylvia Martin.

At the heart of the home, in the dining room, is an expanding dining table signed by Charles, 9th Earl Spencer. Lord Spencer is the head of the Spencer family who have resided at the Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire for five hundred years and is the driving force behind the Althorp Living History Collection.  The Althorp Patent Jupe Table is a fitting centerpiece for a family who pride themselves on their passion for English style.

The Althorp Patent Jupe Table is the centrepiece of this Gothic styled dining room

The Althorp Patent Jupe Table is the centrepiece of this Gothic styled dining room. Photograph by Sylvia Martin.

This circular extending mahogany dining table has pull out triangular leaves which allow it to comfortably seat eight. The Jupe Table is named after Robert Jupe, a cabinetmaker at the forefront of inventive furniture design in the mid-19th century. His original version of the table twisted outwards to make room for eight leaves. These leaves had to be stored in a separate, external cabinet.

Photograph by Sylvia Martin.

Photograph by Sylvia Martin.

On the Theodore Alexander website the Althorp Patent Jupe Table is available to view in 360 degrees under ‘Explore’. For a dramatic style statement pair the Althorp Patent Jupe table with the Seddon Dining Chair (the originals seen below in the Marlborough Room at Althorp).

Seddon Chairs, circa 1800, in the Marlborough Room

Seddon Chairs, circa 1800, in the Marlborough Room

A Redmont Abbey was published in Birmingham Magazine and written by Laura Mcalister. Photography by Sylvia Martin.

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