Lytes Cary Manor near Somerton the National Trust tells us is “ an intimate medieval manor house with a beautiful Arts and Crafts garden where you can imagine living. Originally the family home of Henry Lyte, where he translated the unique Niewe Herball book on herbal remedies, Lytes Cary was then lovingly restored in the 20th century by Sir Walter Jenner. The garden rooms contain a magical collection of topiary and herbaceous borders, while tranquil walks on the estate take you along the River Cary.”
Wincanton District Museum and History Society have asked one of our newer members who has come to live here, Judith Teasdale to give our next talk. This will be on Friday 14th September in the Balsam Centre, 7.30pm. As usual entrance is £6 for visitors and free for members. Refreshments are always provided at the end adding to the friendly social nature of these occasions.
Judith Teasdale is a landscape architect who specialises in work on historic sites, occasionally straying into the buildings too. She frequently undertakes commissions for the National Trust and, in 2009, she was asked to write a Conservation Management Plan for Lytes Cary Manor in Somerset. To do this, she needed to explore parts of the manor house, its outbuildings and the wider agricultural estate that visitors rarely get to see. In her talk, she will share her journey ‘behind the scenes’ with us, describing the history of these less visited parts of Lytes Cary Manor and of some of the people who have lived there.