History

Up in flames

Fyne Court before the fire

Fyne Court before the fire

Andrew Crosse is undoubtedly the most well-known inhabitant of the manor house that previously stood on this estate in Broomfield.

Sadly, the house was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1894. This picture gives you an idea of what it would have looked like during its heyday.

Fyne facts

  • We can now see just a fraction of Fyne Court's former glory
  • Fyne's Andrew Crosse lived in the house between 1784 and 1855
  • Crosse died in the same room that he was born in, 71 years earlier
  • Visitors included Mary Shelley, Michael Faraday and Sir Humphrey Davey
  • Andrew Crosse could read ancient Greek by the age of eight
  • He was known by locals as the Wizard of Broomfield

Crossed wires

At a time when electricity wasn't well understood, Andrew Crosse made in-roads with his experiments and close observations. However, he did manage to upset some people along the way.

Crosse, the poet

  • Besides being a scientist and philosopher he was also a poet
  • He was friends with William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Much of his poetry was inspired by the local Quantock Hills

Love and marriage

Despite controversy in Andrew Crosse's life, he had two very happy marriages. His first wife was Mary Anne Hamilton, with whom he had seven children. His second wife, Cornelia Berkeley, was 43 years his junior.

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