Abbey House, The Broadway, High Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9JX
Abbey House is built on the site of St Mary's Abbey or Nunnaminster, which was closed by the order of Henry VIII in 1539. There is a record of a house on the site 1699.
The greater part of the present house with its 18th Century facade facing the gardens was built about 1748. The neo-Gothic front with its embattled turrets was built in the mid nineteenth century.
Since 1890 the house has been the official residence to the Mayor of Winchester; one of only 5 Mayoral residences in the County. A historian's dream- come and have a look for yourself.
We shall also be joined by Watercress Quartet, a string quartet playing classical pieces and works by Cole Porter and Scott Joplin.
Saturday 14 September: Open 1030-1530, with Watercress Quartet playing at 1100
No booking required.
No age limits, but guests should be aware there is a flight of stairs should they wish to walk through the whole house.
Abbey House is close to the statue of King Alfred on The Broadway set back from the pavement behind railings, adjacent to Abbey Gardens.