Inspired at Mompesson House

THE National Trust’s Mompesson House, in Salisbury Cathedral Close, has opened for the 2020 season with an exhibition called “Inspired: Mompesson House and the Creative Arts.”

Emma James, visitor experience officer, says the seasonal exhibition will highlight pieces from the collection – both familiar and unexpected – and will show how Mompesson has inspired people over the years and how it continues to provide creative inspiration.

Many of the rooms feature a different voice in Mompesson’s creative past, from Barbara Townsend in the small drawing room to Denis Martineau in the library. The dining room exhibit marks the 25th anniversary of the filming of Sense and Sensibility at Mompesson while the exhibition room highlights Mompesson’s role in promoting contemporary art through exhibitions and commissions.

One highlight is the painting of May Griffin in the garden at Mompesson, by Cherryl Fountain. May Griffin worked part time in the garden between 1977 and 1995 and the painting was commissioned by the National Trust’s Foundation for Art in 1995 to celebrate the trust’s centenary.

Mompesson House is an 18th-century townhouse in the heart of the Cathedral Close. The hidden and tranquil garden is an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The garden tea-room offers light bites, teas, coffees and locally baked cakes. The unique 1950s-inspired shop has a range of gifts. The house, garden, tea-room and shop are open every day until 1st November.

Pictured: Mompesson House by George Henton, 1888 © National Trust Images