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Barrington Court

Montacute House












We had moved from Cambridge via Birmingham to Wareham, Dorset as Heather had an outpatient appointment with the consultant who will do her gallbladder operation. The appointment went well, the consultant anticipating that the operation would take place before end of June.

We had gone down to Dorset for a family christening but we never got to it as Heather had acute severe pain which her prescribed pain killers did not help and spent 16 hours in Poole hospital.

However when she was feeling better again we did meet up with Tony’s elder brother and his wife Wendy for coffee at Barrington Court near Iliminster in Somerset.

After a good chat we went our separate ways. We decided we would head to the nearby Montacute House. The house was built in about 1598 by Sir Edward Phelips who was a lawyer who had been in Parliament since 1584. He was knighted in 1603[8] and a year later became Speaker of the House. James I appointed him Master of the Rolls and Chancellor to his son and heir Henry, Prince of Wales. Phelips remained at the hub of English political life, and his legal skills were employed when he became opening prosecutor during the trial of the Gunpowder Plotters. The house has recently been used in the BBC series Wolf Hall.

We enjoyed a lovely walk around the estate with Daisy able to have a lot of off lead time before exploring the house and gardens. A splendid house. Glad we decided to stop at the house.

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