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Lord Ashburton’s estate in West Somerset

November 13 @ 14:00 - 15:00


A webinar given by David Victor, local historian, on Saturday 13th November at 2.00 pm.

For hundreds of years, over 3,000 acres of Wiveliscombe Parish was a manor owned by the Bishop of Bath & Wells.  In 1820, Bishop Beadon leased the manor to his son, Richard, and in 1827 the Bishop’s successor sold it to Richard Beadon.  In parallel, Beadon bought the estates of the late Lord Somerville of Fitzhead, including the manor of Preston Bowyer, and estates in Milverton and Lydeard St Lawrence.  A few years later, the whole holding of some 5,000 acres was sold to Lord Ashburton.

The individuals, their motivations and the lands involved will be discussed, as well as the way that the sale of the Wiveliscombe manor played into the broader issue of church reform.

To book, contact [email protected].

This is a free event, with donations to the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society welcome. If you would like to make a contribution, please head to the Donations page and select ‘Lord Ashburton webinar’. We suggest a donation of £5 or more.


November 13
14:00 - 15:00
Event Category:


SANHS Local History Committee


SANHS Webinar


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