A day in the life of Mr Dumbleton

five volunteers in costume as characters from Brockhampton's past

Volunteering at Brockhampton is no conventional experience. Our team of hard working volunteers provide visitors with personal encounters with the people of Brockhampton.

Volunteers have been learning all about the founding family at Brockhampton Estate. Delving back in time to the 15 Century and combining the information gathered from the archaeological excavations carried out here in 2015 with historic sources they have discovered much about Philip Dumbleton. Philip was the son of John Dumbleton ( also known as Domulton) and was the first person to inherit the timber framed manor house.

Come to Brockhampton and meet Philip Dumbleton
Philip Dumbleton in front of manor house
Come to Brockhampton and meet Philip Dumbleton

If you are lucky you may encounter Philip, lord of the manor, on your visit. He is attired in the finest medieval style with magnificent leather boots and carries a range of weapons, ready to defend his estate from ne'er do wells. So please make sure you are are on your best behaviour as he is not afraid to brandish his various swords and pikes! Philip will happily tell you tales about his weapons and armour and explain how it all works to those who are interested.

Brockhampton's woodland and rolling hills make it the perfect place to unwind
Autumn view across the Brockhampton Estate
Brockhampton's woodland and rolling hills make it the perfect place to unwind

On your visit to Brockhampton you may get a chance to meet Philip Dumbleton and speak to him in person.

Discover amazing stories and learn what life was like at Brockhampton through a unique encounter with our costumed volunteers. Or if you fancy a go yourself visit the 'Get involved' page or click below for more details.