Famous people and South West places

Some of the houses and countryside we look after in the South West have famous connections. Writers, adventurers and inventors have all called these special places home.

Scouting and Guiding

Lord Baden Powell

Brownsea's most famous character Lord Baden Powell, set up an experimental scout camp over 100 years ago ,that ignited a passion for outdoor adventure for generations to come.

The D'Oyly Carte family at their tidal pool at Pudcombe Cove

The people of Coleton Fishacre 

Rupert D'Oyly Carte and Lady Dorothy chose the location for their country home while they were sailing. Find out about the the people who built and shaped Coleton Fishacre house and garden.

The first exhibition in the chapel

Unearthing Hidcote

The doors to the chapel are now open for a brand new exhibition series launching this year.

Agatha Christie's books in the library at Greenway, her holiday home

Agatha's Greenway

Agatha Christie was known locally by her married name, Mrs Mallowan, and her time spent at her holiday home, Greenway, was all about quality time with the family, away from the public eye.

Hidcote Bathing Pool circa 1930

The history of Hidcote

Discover more about the history of the garden and its creator

Early photograph of William Henry Fox Talbot who owned Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire

A window into photographic history

The Fox Talbot Museum explores the history of photography, while the South Gallery at the abbey reveals the famous oriel window.

An avenue of lime trees in Greenway garden

Greenway and 'Dead Man's Folly'

As Agatha Christie's holiday home, Greenway inspired a murder mystery or two. Find out about the places at Greenway which feature in her story 'Dead Man's Folly,' and how true to life it is.

Cockercoombe, Quantock Hills, Somerset

Andrew Crosse, the man and the myth

Andrew Crosse was a pioneer in the field of electricity, but some of his stranger experiments got him into trouble.

A portrait of Hannah More

Who was Hannah More?

Bristol-born Hannah More (1745-1833) was one of the most influential women of her day.

'Osorio', a play by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in the Reading Room at Coleridge Cottage

Three extraordinary years

Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his family only lived in the Cottage for three years, so what made their brief stay so special that we continue to look after their home to this day?