Look back over the decades at gem of town house

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The Entrance Hall at Mompesson House, Salisbury. Picture: National Trust/Peter Cook


MOMPESSON House in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close opened its doors for the 2017 season with a new exhibition and shop.

“This year’s exhibition is called New Beginnings: The story of the National Trust at Mompesson House,” says Emma James, visitor experience officer.

“We’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of the redecorating, furnishing and opening of Mompesson to visitors.

“In 1975 the National Trust inherited an empty house following the death of the last resident, Denis Martineau. Over the next two years the National Trust refashioned the house as it might have been in its Georgian heyday.

“We’ve found lots of wonderful photographs and documents in our archives which we’re looking forward to sharing with visitors.

“The house was furnished with loans and bequests of furniture, paintings and objects from individuals, museums and other National Trust properties.

“We’re showcasing some of the items which are still in the house today and displaying some rarely seen objects too, including some of the Turnbull collection of eighteenth-century drinking glasses.

“We’re also very excited that our new shop in the studio in the courtyard is now open.

“The shop has a 1960s theme, inspired by Denis Martineau’s interior decoration which has been preserved and there are a range of gifts for you and your home.

“For families there are different trails and activities every couple of months in 2017, starting with the springtime discovery trail in March and April.

“We’re also getting ready for the Cadbury Egg Hunt which will be taking place over the Easter weekend.”

Mompesson House is a homely and welcoming eighteenth-century town house in the heart of Salisbury’s Cathedral Close. The hidden and tranquil garden has been described as an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

While there the garden tea-room offers light bites, teas, coffees and locally-baked cakes.

The house, garden, tea-room and shop will be open every day until November 5, from 11am- 5pm, with last entry at 4.30pm. National Trust fees apply; free admission to members.


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