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Brief description of site

Mells Manor House has a walled garden dating from around 1520, with changes and additions resulting from advice given by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll around 1902-10.

Brief history of site

The village had been in the possession of Glastonbury Abbey until the Dissolution. It was bought in 1543 by Thomas Horner, and his son improved and enlarged the manor after 1587. The family built a new house, Park House, to the west in 1724, and in around 1770 the north and central sections of the old manor were demolished. The remaining south wing was used intermittently in the 18th and 19th centuries, and became the family's principal residence again from 1902.

Location information:

Address: Mells, Frome, Mendip , BA11 3RE

Locality: Frome

Local Authorities:

Somerset; Mendip; Mells

Historical County: Somerset

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 183 Grid Ref: ST727493
Latitude: 51.2422 Longitude: -2.39247

Key information:

Form of site: walled garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: manor house

Site first created: Before 1543

Main period of development: 16th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 1.8

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