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Mompesson House, Wiltshire

Mompesson House in the Cathedral Close, Salisbury was built in 1701 for Charles Mompesson, a local MP. The year 1701 was a very significant date in the history of Parliament. The Act of Settlement of 1701 ended the divine right of kings. The Act of Settlement meant that Parliament's power over the monarchy was set in law. In 1702 with the death of King William III, Queen Anne came to the throne, and she was to be the last monarch to veto an act of Parliament.

Mompesson House reflects the new importance of MPs in 1701. This was a time when the Commons were becoming more important than the Lords, and Charles Mompesson, member of the House of Commons, had a house that certainly looked impressive. The property has been restored to its appearance in the early eighteenth century. There is an attractive garden, and an extensive display of eighteenth century furniture and drinking glasses. Mompesson House has been used as a location for a film version of Jane Austen's Sense And Sensibility.

By coincidence, Arundells the house which belonged to former prime minister Edward Heath is also in Cathedral Close.

 

 

Address: Mompesson House, The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EL

Directions: Mompesson House is in Cathedral Close in the centre of Salisbury. Click here for an interactive map centred on Mompesson House.

Opening Times: Opening hours for National Trust properties can be complex. Please use contact details below.

Access: Ramps are available to help with steps on the ground floor. There are stairs to the first floor.

Contact:

telephone: 01722 335659

infoline: 01722 420980

e-mail: mompessonhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

web site: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-mompessonhouse

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