Historic home couple invite the public in
A WINCANTON couple are to open up the doors to their historical home to visitors this month to raise money for St Margaret's Hospice.
Jayne and Angus Hart are inviting members of the public to take a tour of their recently renovated 17th century home, Balsam House, on Sunday September 15, while raising money for the hospice.
The couple bought the 17th century house four years ago when it was in a derelict state and the subject of considerable vandalism.
The house is steeped in history with the earliest records of occupancy dating from 1688 when it was the home of Abraham Gapper, while a coat of arms of the Pelly family alludes to the family's connections with the East India Trading Company.
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The home also featured the work of highly regarded Wincanton architect Nathaniel Ireson, famed for his work at Stourhead, Crowcombe Court, Venn House in Milborne Port, the churches of St Peter and Paul in Wincanton and St Mary the Virgin, Bruton.
At Balsam House, the terrace wall and other garden features have been identified as original Ireson construction and represent the only surviving example of his work at the house.
The house and garden will be open from 10.45am until 5pm, with the first tour commencing at 11am and continuing every half an hour throughout the day.
Tickets are £5 and available from the St Margaret's shop in Wincanton. Call 01963 34597 for more information.