Summer at Mompesson House
This summer 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.
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.
The title of the exhibition was inspired by Jinny's actual wedding day diary entry in June 1879.
" At last it had come! And I felt so glad in waking. I had slept with Barbara. Gertrude alone. Felt a little trembly while dressing for the wedding, but it went off when I went down to them all in the drawing room. We all walked over to Church and I felt most cheerful. Willie came out of the Vestry and Uncle and I joined him, and then the service began! I can't write about it! Felt so happy and at home standing by my darling's side and then we went. He managed it all so well and we walked down through the church being kissed by many kind friends. "
Relax in the garden
Borrow a blanket and sit on the lawn or sit on one of the benches, admire the colourful borders and watch the world go by. On selected days, local musicians will be playing in the garden.
- Northumbrian Pipers - Saturday 1 June and Saturday 6 July, 11am-4.30pm
- Ottocorde Mandolin Group - Saturday 13 July, 2.30-4pm
- Wessex Folk Orchestra - Saturday 3 August, 2.30-4pm
- Viol Group - Saturday 10 August, 2.30-4pm