Sherborne House, Gloucestershire

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Sherborne House and the adjacent Church of St Mary Magdalene

Sherborne House is a large house in the village of Sherborne, Gloucestershire, England. It is a former country house that has been converted into flats and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[1][2]

The Dutton family owned Sherborne manor from c. 1522. A U-shaped house was built on this site in 1651–3 for John Dutton and was rebuilt in 1829–1834 for John Dutton, 2nd Baron Sherborne by Lewis Wyatt.[3] The house, which reproduces the style of the 17th-century building, has a square plan with a central courtyard and a three-storey facade. Interior decoration of the principal rooms was by Anthony Salvin, c. 1841.[2]

The adjoining Church of St Mary Magdalene, with origins in the late 13th century and partly rebuilt in the mid 19th century, is also Grade II* listed.[4]

The gardens, pleasure ground and extensive parkland, begun in the 17th century but much altered, are listed as Grade II on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.[3] A deerpark to the southwest, now known as Lodge Park, has a former grandstand from the mid 17th century.[5]

Recent history[edit]

For much of the 1950s and 1960s, the house was occupied by the Kings School, Sherborne, an independent private boarding school.[citation needed] Mick Fleetwood, of the band Fleetwood Mac, attended the school.

The house was sold by the Dutton family in 1971.[3] In that year John G. Bennett founded the International Academy for Continuous Education. Rock guitarist Robert Fripp (best known for his work with King Crimson) attended its Fifth Course, lasting ten months from October 1975. [6][7]

The house was converted into flats in 1981, and the estate was bequeathed to the National Trust on the death of the seventh Lord Sherborne in 1982.[3]

In 2017, the estate became a host site for the BBC Two wildlife programme Springwatch.[8]


  1. ^ Images of England: Sherborne House, Sherborne, English Heritage, retrieved 7 June 2010 
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "Sherborne House  (Grade II*) (1090436)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Historic England. "Sherborne House - Register of Historic Parks and Gardens (1000780)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of St. Mary Magdalene (1303082)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Historic England. "Lodge Park and adjoining walls and railings (1340791)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  6. ^ Tamm, Eric (2003) [1990], "Chapter 7 Sabbatical", Robert Fripp: From crimson king to crafty master (Progressive Ears ed.), Faber and Faber (1990), p. 86, ISBN 0-571-16289-4, Zipped Microsoft Word Document, retrieved October 26, 2011 [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Fripp is from Wimborne Minster in East Dorset in South West England. In northwest Dorset, the market town of Sherborne has another historically important Sherborne House.
  8. ^ "Springwatch comes to Sherborne Park". 9 May 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Sherborne House at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°49′52″N 1°45′19″W / 51.8310°N 1.7554°W / 51.8310; -1.7554