Mells Manor and Downside Abbey- SOLD OUT
- Mells Manor |
- Visit |
- Saturday, 14 May 2016
Mells Manor, home of the Earl and Countess of Oxford and Asquith, dates from the early 15th century when the manor belonged to Glastonbury Abbey. Acquired by the Horner family during The Dissolution of the Monasteries, passed to the Asquiths in the early years of the 20th century and the present owners have restored the gardens and the house, essentially an Elizabethan manor with one range much restored by Lutyens. The neighbouring chruch contains the celebrated equestrian monument to Edward Horner by Alfred Munnings, an astonishing relief designed by Burne-Jones and a fine East window by Sir William Nicholson. Downside Abbey claims many eminent architects, Thomas Gardner and Giles Gilbert Scott, with furnishings by Bodley, Eric Gill and Ninian comper.
This event has been organised by the Somerset Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.