Autumn at Mompesson House

The front facade of Mompesson House

This autumn discover the love story of Jinny Townsend and Willie Hammick in our 2019 exhibition. You can explore the exhibition every day until Sunday 3 November, 11am - 4.30pm. Normal admission applies. Enjoy free entry to the house, garden, tea-room and shop on Saturday 14 September as part of Heritage Open Day.

Standing by my darling's side: A Victorian experience of life, love and loss

Our 2019 exhibition tells the untold story of Jinny Townsend, resident of the house, who kept an almost daily diary from the age of 15 in 1859 until 1882, writing up to just a few months before her death. Jinny's diaries provide a valuable description of the daily life of the young ladies who lived in Salisbury at that time detailing everything from skating parties, sketching and afternoon walks to Jinny's eventful romance with future husband Willie. 

Portrait of Jinny Townsend from 1872, painted by her sister Barbara
Portrait of Jinny Townsend from 1872, painted by her sister Barbara
Portrait of Jinny Townsend from 1872, painted by her sister Barbara

Eat and shop

The garden tea-room is the perfect place for morning coffee, a light lunch or afternoon tea away from the hustle and bustle of Salisbury city centre. To round off your visit, why not pop into the Studio shop in the courtyard with its unique 1950s décor and browse the seasonal National Trust ranges. 

Enjoying tea and cake in the garden tea-room
Visitors having tea and cake in the garden tea-room
Enjoying tea and cake in the garden tea-room

Admire the garden

In the tranquil garden the borders are full of dahlias. You'll find a lovely mix of pale peach and orange, candy pink and scarlet blooms. The 'Golden rain' tree in the corner of the lawn is also a highlight in autumn. The Northumbrian Pipers will be playing in the garden on Saturday 14 September, 11am-4.30pm. The Close Consort recorder group will be playing in the garden on Wednesday 18 September, 1-2.45pm (with a break).