Arundells

Arundells A beautiful Grade II Listed House with 2 acres of garden in the heart of Salisbury and former home of Sir Edward Heath. The house is filled with beautiful items and collections.
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Events and Exhibitions held year round. Arundells, in Salisbury's Cathedral Close, reflects Sir Edward's time in public office and contains his collections of: paintings, (including Wyllie, Singer Sargent, Piper, Churchill, Sickert, Augustus and Gwen John, John Nash, Lowry and many more), sailing and musical memorabilia, Oriental and European ceramics, cartoons, bronzes, Chinese and Japanese artworks, photographs and much more, just as they were when he lived there, along with access to the beautiful two acre garden

Operating as usual

Silver Presentation Bowl by Rod Kelly*This piece was presented on 21 February 1990 at a lunch held at the Savoy Hotel, L...
15/10/2020

Silver Presentation Bowl by Rod Kelly
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This piece was presented on 21 February 1990 at a lunch held at the Savoy Hotel, London to celebrate Edward Heath’s 40 Years as a Member of Parliament.
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Three of Sir Edward Heath’s great loves- Politics, sailing and Music, are depicted in low relief chasing around the bowl. Big Ben, the front door of Number 10 and items from the historical rooms of the Palace of Westminster (for example a lion from the Speaker’s Chair) illustrate his political life. Engravings of Morning Cloud, a baton and musical notes need no further elaboration.
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The Horses of Bexley represent the close ties between Sir Edward and the constituency he had then served for 40 years.
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The silversmith responsible for the creation of this piece was Rod Kelly MA (RCA). He graduated from the Royal College of Art in July 1983. His talent was recognised before graduation when he received a commission for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Modern Silver Collection. Goldsmith’s Livery Company gave him several commissions and in 1986 he produced a rosewater dish for The Fishmonger’s Company and an ewer for The Goldsmiths’ Company, to celebrate the 150th year of the opening of their respective halls in April 1986.
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The foot of the bowl (silver with a gilt interior) is inscribed ‘Presented to the Rt. Hon Edward Heath MBE, MP, to celebrate 40 years as a member of parliament, 1950-1990.’
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#MuseumPassion #arundells #history #silver #rodkelly #politics

We are very excited to reveal that we are on the Salisbury Monopoly Board! This special edition features so many wonderf...
14/10/2020

We are very excited to reveal that we are on the Salisbury Monopoly Board! This special edition features so many wonderful landmarks and businesses from our fabulous city.
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Both @casafinainsta and @dinghamscookshop are stocking the game as well as other shops in the city.
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#monopoly #salisbury #lovesalisbury #mrmonopoly #whatsonwiltshire

The pot of gold must be in the former garages ???
10/10/2020

The pot of gold must be in the former garages ???

WINTER CLOSURE*Following our late summer reopening, Arundells has now closed for the winter. The house and garden will r...
05/10/2020

WINTER CLOSURE
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Following our late summer reopening, Arundells has now closed for the winter. The house and garden will reopen in March 2021.
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Please keep an eye on our website and social media pages for news and updates.
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Our sincere thanks for all your support and understanding over what has been a very difficult year for us all. It has been wonderful to be able to welcome so many of you to Arundells over the past month.
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#arundells #winter #seeyousoon

It is with great excitement that we will be able to open for two extra days next week!  As well as being open this comin...
25/09/2020

It is with great excitement that we will be able to open for two extra days next week! As well as being open this coming Saturday and Sunday we will now also be opening on Wednesday 30th September and Thursday 1st October. 11am - 4pm with last entry at 3:30pm.
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#arundells #timeforwiltshire #daytrip #siredwardheath #salisbury

Autumn delights at Arundells. Come and see the house and gardens for yourself next weekend!All photos by Carl Edwards.
22/09/2020

Autumn delights at Arundells. Come and see the house and gardens for yourself next weekend!
All photos by Carl Edwards.

Arundells on the Westminster HourWe received an email from the BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour production team. They said t...
20/09/2020
BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour | Arundells

Arundells on the Westminster Hour

We received an email from the BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour production team. They said that they were preparing a piece about the legacy of our politicians and that this would explore why we do not (as a Country) celebrate this legacy, not only through museums, but also their former homes – in the way that they do in the USA.

The inspiration behind the piece was Windlestone Hall, near Bishop Auckland, the birthplace of Anthony Eden. It had experienced a difficult history and the producers wanted to include Arundells as an example of how the houses of former Prime Ministers could be preserved, and how it should be done.

A visit was duly arranged and Ivan Smith, the Manager of Arundells, provided a guided tour of the house and garden. The piece was aired during the latter part of the BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour on Sunday 30th August and you can enjoy listening to it here:

https://arundells.org/bbc-radio-4-westminster-hour/

One of the best views in the Close! Today is a perfect day to come and explore Arundells, we are open 11am - 4pm and you...
20/09/2020

One of the best views in the Close! Today is a perfect day to come and explore Arundells, we are open 11am - 4pm and your can linger in the garden as long as you want! Why don’t you bring a thermos and take over a bench ☕️
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Reduced entry of £5 for house and £2.50 for garden, so grab your chance while you still can. Next weekend will be our last opening this summer.
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#historichouse #cathedralclose #whatsonwiltshire #arundells #gardensoftheclose #salisbury #salisburycathedral #timeforwiltshire

If you visit us today or tomorrow (11-4), you can see these beautiful blooms, in the borders on the right, as you come i...
19/09/2020

If you visit us today or tomorrow (11-4), you can see these beautiful blooms, in the borders on the right, as you come in to the grounds. Why not pack a picnic and enjoy it in the gardens ?😊

John , one of our volunteer gardeners, has done a gorgeous job with this statement urn this year. It really has helped s...
15/09/2020

John , one of our volunteer gardeners, has done a gorgeous job with this statement urn this year. It really has helped set Arundells off to our weekend visitors . We are open for the remaining two weekends in September only. Hope to see you !

Sir Edward’s famous teapot chair is always a favourite with visitors to Arundells. He often sat here listening to his fa...
11/09/2020

Sir Edward’s famous teapot chair is always a favourite with visitors to Arundells. He often sat here listening to his favourite CDs, of which there are hundreds.
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The house and garden are open again this Saturday & Sunday for you to explore, 11am - 4pm. Picnics are welcome and the weather is looking gorgeous!
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📷 @jakeeastham
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#arundells #whatsonwiltshire #salisbury #armchair #visitsalisbury

A few beautiful exceptions to the pinks and purples !
08/09/2020

A few beautiful exceptions to the pinks and purples !

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08/09/2020

Whoops - shared to wrong page !

Before the warm golden tones of autumn arrive in the garden, there is a last little flourish of pinks and purples.

It was a complete pleasure to host Ian and Mary’s intimate 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrations on Saturday night.*The ...
07/09/2020

It was a complete pleasure to host Ian and Mary’s intimate 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrations on Saturday night.
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The weather was gorgeous so it was champagne on the lawn with canapés, followed by a two course meal in Sir Edwards dining room
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The wonderful @eden_sophie played throughout the evening on the Steinway piano in the music room which really topped off the evening
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All table decorations were foraged from the Arundells garden which is still looking stunning after months of hard work from our garden team
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#privateevents #privatehire #weddinganniversary #exclusive #celebrate #arundells

There is something to discover in every corner of the garden, which is looking particularly beautiful today in the morni...
05/09/2020

There is something to discover in every corner of the garden, which is looking particularly beautiful today in the morning sunlight.
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You can come and have a look round for yourself 11am - 4pm today and tomorrow and all weekends in September.
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#garden #gardensoftheclose #lavender #sunshine #whatsonwiltshire #salisbury #arundells

Don’t forget we are open again this weekend, and all weekends in September from 11am-4pm*Come and explore the grand dini...
04/09/2020

Don’t forget we are open again this weekend, and all weekends in September from 11am-4pm
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Come and explore the grand dining room, which until 1960 had a floor the height of the current picture rail with kitchens beneath. Now with beautiful high ceilings and ornate chandelier this room is transformed.
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📷 @jakeeastham
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#countryhouse #diningroom #whatsonwiltshire #salisburyindies #arundells

Some of our many visitors enjoying their socially distanced visit to Arundells . We have been delighted to welcome so ma...
30/08/2020

Some of our many visitors enjoying their socially distanced visit to Arundells . We have been delighted to welcome so many visitors to house and garden .

A new perspective! Getting ready for opening on Saturday.
27/08/2020

A new perspective! Getting ready for opening on Saturday.

There are still a few flowers to be seen in the gardens. The beautiful colours of autumn are imminent. Why not visit and...
22/08/2020

There are still a few flowers to be seen in the gardens. The beautiful colours of autumn are imminent. Why not visit and enjoy the beauty and tranquility for yourself.

House and gardens are open next weekend. Advance booking is not required.

Saturday 29th August until Sunday 27th September.
Saturdays, Sundays, and the August Bank Holiday Monday 11 am to 4pm (last admission at 3.30pm)
House and garden £5 (Arts Fund Members £2.50) | Garden only £2.50 | Children aged 12 and under, free of charge

Just sitting watching amazing clouds roll past 🥰
17/08/2020

Just sitting watching amazing clouds roll past 🥰

Chris and John , helped by Helene , Rachel and Ann have been doing lots of hard work in the garden .
09/08/2020

Chris and John , helped by Helene , Rachel and Ann have been doing lots of hard work in the garden .

It is with great excitement that we will be welcoming This Is My Theatre to Arundells for a socially distanced performan...
28/07/2020

It is with great excitement that we will be welcoming This Is My Theatre to Arundells for a socially distanced performance of The Three Musketeers on Friday 4th September at 7pm.
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We have been very sad to postpone our usual schedule of outdoor theatre, so we are delighted to be able to put on a performance for you all this year.
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Tickets are available through This Is My Theatre or go to the events page of our website and follow the link.
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Please note that Arundells is still closed for the foreseeable future and staff are all furlough although some of us are working a few hours a week. Please direct any questions about this performance to This Is My Theatre who will be able to assist you.
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So pack a picnic and head on down for an evening of action packed adventure. We can’t wait to see you all!
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#timeforwiltshire #theatre #salisbury #salisburyindies

A little glimpse behind the scenes, so to speak ...
19/07/2020

A little glimpse behind the scenes, so to speak ...

I’ve never noticed this little Christmas tree before. Newly planted or recently uncovered by the weeders?!
14/07/2020

I’ve never noticed this little Christmas tree before. Newly planted or recently uncovered by the weeders?!

What a beautiful evening !
12/07/2020

What a beautiful evening !

104 years ago today, on the 9th of July 1916, Edward Richard George Heath was born in Broadstairs.28 years later, on thi...
09/07/2020

104 years ago today, on the 9th of July 1916, Edward Richard George Heath was born in Broadstairs.
28 years later, on this day, he was fighting with his Regiment in the Battle of Caen.

76 years ago today Captain Edward Heath was on a ship with his regiment, 107th Heavy Anti -Aircraft Regiment RA, waiting...
05/07/2020

76 years ago today Captain Edward Heath was on a ship with his regiment, 107th Heavy Anti -Aircraft Regiment RA, waiting to disembark on "Gold Beach ' Normandy. The Regiment had spent the last 2 years defending Liverpool in the blitz and then reinforcing static UK air defences on an as required basis.

Saturday 4th of July avoiding the crowds in town ...
04/07/2020

Saturday 4th of July avoiding the crowds in town ...

Whilst researching an individual who lived in Arundells in the late 19th century, I took an inexplicable and unreasonabl...
02/07/2020

Whilst researching an individual who lived in Arundells in the late 19th century, I took an inexplicable and unreasonable dislike to her brother Charles. Was it because he inherited the family business and received the lions share of relatives’ bequests, whilst his sisters remained unmarried and looked after their mother? It was a factor certainly, then compounded by his changing his title to gentleman rather than wine merchant. He married a general’s daughter and called his son Henry Sacheverel, what sort of name is that I scoffed to myself. I dug and a tragic story unfolded, which has lived in my mind since, I will unravel it to you as I discovered it, as briefly as I can.

Henry’s unusual middle name meant that he was quite easy to find, the first hit was a sad one. He was killed in action in France on the 21st of August 1918; he was a lieutenant in the 6th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Then I pulled up the 1911 Census. He was a musician living at 109 Ladbroke Road in London with his wife of 2 years, Ethel Nicola. They had visitors, another musician and an actress and an 8-month-old son called Peter Buchan. The lovely Bohemian image conjured up was dampened by the knowledge I already had. Poor Peter, poor Ethel I thought.
Peter died, aged one, of tuberculosis in 1912.
I wondered if Ethel had remarried after the war, had she found happiness again. Ethel died on the 27th of October 1916 of tuberculosis.
I felt numb, I went for a walk, and I then switched from Ancestry to Find My Past and a record from the Disability and Retirement payments jumped out at me. A payment for the motherless child of the late Lt Henry Sacheverel Sanders, Michael Charles Sanders, the payment was to the boy’s grandfather Charles. I felt guilty for my previous irrational dislike of him, what tragedy for a family to endure. I subsequently discovered that Henry and Ethel had also had a daughter, Lorna, and she too had died of tuberculosis.
Michael lived to the grand age of 91! He made the national news recently. As an afterthought I put Henry’s full name in to Google and found a wonderful story. He didn’t believe that he would come back from the war and left his son an album of photographs and songs. Michael lost the album, but it was found decades later and researchers ,from the IWM, after much work, were able to hand it to his descendants. I will let you read the story yourself here.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/07/long-lost-photo-album-from-soldier-killed-in-first-world-war-given-to-his-family

Henry’s aunt was called Mary Christina Sanders and she lived at Arundells for at least 20 years. She has her own tale.

Posted @withregram • @countrylifemagazine The study at Arundells, Salisbury. This beautiful place — a country house in t...
30/06/2020

Posted @withregram • @countrylifemagazine The study at Arundells, Salisbury. This beautiful place — a country house in the centre of Salisbury — was once the home of former prime minister Sir Edward Heath. This was his favourite spot: looking out from a desk that once belonged to Lloyd George to the garden and water meadow beyond.
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📷 by @justinpagetphotography for the Country Life Picture Library
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#arundells #salisburyhouses #countrylifemagazine

Reposted from @countrylifemagazine Arundells, Wiltshire, is that rarest of things: a graceful country house in the heart...
28/06/2020

Reposted from @countrylifemagazine Arundells, Wiltshire, is that rarest of things: a graceful country house in the heart of a beautiful city. When the city in question is Salisbury, all the better. The late Edward Heath came across the house and fell in love with it, and bought it in 1985 for a then-hefty sum of £120,000 — despite the fact that only nine years remained on the lease. He managed to get the freehold in due course, and lived out his years in this charmed spot until his death in 2005. - - -
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Magazine out now.
#arundells #countryhouses #countrylifemagazine

Chris the head gardener sent this, this morning -a Romneya I believe . He has been looking forward to this blooming.
26/06/2020

Chris the head gardener sent this, this morning -a Romneya I believe . He has been looking forward to this blooming.

Don’t forget to buy Country Life ! 6 page gloriously glossy article on Arundells 😊
24/06/2020

Don’t forget to buy Country Life ! 6 page gloriously glossy article on Arundells 😊

In 1745 John Wyndham commissioned the most beautiful survey of his house , which 6 years later would become known as Aru...
23/06/2020

In 1745 John Wyndham commissioned the most beautiful survey of his house , which 6 years later would become known as Arundells. The original is in the cathedral Library. There were 2 summer houses in the garden, one was leased from the North Canonry and it is still there today. Enjoy comparing the illustration with the fabulous photo by Nick Bull of Stonehenge Dronescapes.

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Wednesday 11:00 - 15:30
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
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Former home of Sir Edward Heath: Prime Minister, Sailor, Musician

House, Garden, Art Collection & much more in the heart of Salisbury.

From 1985, Arundells was the home of Sir Edward Heath KG MBE, Prime Minister, statesman, sailor and musician. Heath bequeathed Arundells to the Charitable Foundation set up in his name following his death in 2005.

Arundells is presented today as it was when Sir Edward lived here, with gifts from famous leaders such as Nixon, Chairman Mao and Fidel Castro sitting alongside beautiful collections of ceramics, glassware and sculpture.

THE HOUSE

Bringing together six architectural periods, Arundells is one of the finest houses in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close, with parts of the property dating back to the 13th Century.

THE GARDEN

The house is surrounded by a beautiful, two-acre walled garden that stretches down to the confluence of the rivers Avon and Nadder, offering a spectacular view of Salisbury Cathedral.

THE COLLECTION

The house features artwork by Sir Winston Churchill, L S Lowry, John Singer Sargent, John Piper, Walter Sickert and Augustus John. As well as a cartoon gallery, model ships made by Napoleonic prisoners of war, Sir Edward’s sailing and musical memorabilia, there are treasures from the Far East- including hand painted Chinese wallpaper, a stunning collection of Japanese woodcut prints and much more.

EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

Arundells hosts a number of events and exhibitions throughout the year, from outdoor theatre and historical and political talks, to intimate concerts. Please visit our website or page for more details and tickets.

We are also available for private events and parties, so please get in touch to see how we can help you celebrate that special occasion.


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Visited today and it is well worth a visit.
Amazing poppies on Cathedral
The talk given by Sir Max Hastings on Vietnam was absolutely brilliant! Thank you to all involved in the organisation.
Our friend's daughter enjoying Wendy's musical bottles!
Who put the grand piano in the tumble dryer?
Amazing new exhibition on music Wendy, but how much did you have to drink for it!
Really old lead drain pipe at Arundells, slightly older than the one at Mompesson House.
Arundells from a different perspective!
Welcome to Top 100 Attractions
Missing all my colleagues. Will drop by soon to say hello.
Really enjoyed our visit today - thanks to all volunteers that showed us round. :)
I will check it out sometime.