Overview

A Palladian frontage and stone mullioned rear windows are two of the external features which enclose finely proportioned rooms, original fireplaces and a magnificent heavily-carved Jacobean openwork scroll oak staircase.

Originally built as both a family home and the visible expression of the wealth of a branch of the Strode dynasty, which owned the late medieval sheep farm after which the locality is named, the house saw a tempestuous history in the Civil Wars, during the 18th and 19th centuries and when occupied by the Navy in the second world war.

Today, the house is very much a family home, having been lovingly renovated by the Keys family and has been featured in both Period House and Period Living magazines as well as on BBC Radio Somerset. An unexpected tapestry of wool, wars, Huguenots and a ghost or two.

 


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I/2 mile outside Shepton Mallet on the A361 road to Wells.

Rail: Castle Cary station then taxi

Bus: from Bristol and Bath


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Fun Facts

The estate was confiscated by Parliament in the Civil War as the then owner, Thomas Strode, fought on behalf of the Crown.

 


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19 Dec 2019

Old Bowlish House, Shepton Mallet

A visit which keeps on revealing. Built around 1618, this Grade II* clothier’s mansion was modernised by the Georgians c.1735 and the Victorians c.1860. A Palladian frontage and stone mullioned rear windows are two of the external features which enclose finely proportioned rooms, original fireplaces and a magnificent heavily-carved Jacobean openwork scroll oak staircase which winds through all three of its floors. Originally built as both a family home and the visible expression of the wealth of a branch of the Strode dynasty, which owned the late medieval sheep farm after which the locality is named, the house saw a tempestuous history in the Civil Wars, during the 18th and 19th centuries and when occupied by the Navy in the second world war. Today, the house is very much a family home, having been lovingly renovated by the Keys family, and has been featured in both Period House and Period Living magazines as well as on BBC Radio Somerset. You will leave your visit understanding an unexpected tapestry of wool, wars, Huguenots and a ghost or two.

House decorated for Christmas in December with Jacobean, Georgian & Victorian samples of food, music, decorations and readings. Log fire.


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