Dr Who and Bishop Waynflete…

stmaryshouse

An old episode of Dr Who (1988) was on television this morning. Called “Silver Nemesis”, it was partly filmed in a beautiful old 15th century house that I did not recognise. So a quick Google revealed it to be St Mary’s House and Gardens at The Street, Bramber, West Sussex. It was built circa 1470 by William of Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester, and might have been demolished in 1946, had it not been saved. It is now owned by the author and composer Peter Thorogood, who with curator and designer Roger Linton embarked on a programme of restoration of the house and garden in 1984. Today it has thousands of visitors and recently won an award for the best restoration. It is a jewel, and from the period of English history that interests the readers of Murrey & Blue. See more about it at http://www.doctorwholocations.net/locations/stmaryshouse and http://www.stmarysbramber.co.uk/

 

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