King Johns Hunting Lodge in England


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King Johns Hunting Lodge in England

The Square      Axbridge, Somerset, England
Tel: 44(0) 1934 732012
E-Mail: info@kingjohnshuntinglodge.co.uk

This medieval house, popularly called "King John's Hunting Lodge, occupies an important site at the corner of the High Street and The Square (the former market place of Axbridge). The building dates from the late middle ages, probably around 1500 or a few years earlier. It comprised shops on the ground floor, living areas and workshops on the first floor, and storage and sleeping areas on the second floor. We know that in 1340 a building with shops occupied the same site; it belonged to John Oldeway and was called "the stockhouse'. This house is the finest of a number of wood-framed houses in the High Street and The Square, unusual in a town where stone buildings, generally rendered with plaster or mortar, were common. It now houses a museum of local history. Very little is known of the detailed history of the building. No one knows exactly when or why it acquired the name 'King John's Hunting Lodge'; it was certainly so called by 1905 at the latest, although the site has no known association with King John. John reigned from 1199 to 1216, but the Axbridge house was built about................. There has been a museum in Axbridge for many years; the first was established by what is now the Axbridge Archaeological and Local History Society, using its own collections and those of Axbridge Town Trust. From 1974 onwards it was managed, in 'King John's Hunting Lodge', by Sedgemoor District Council, but in 2001 management of the museum was transferred to a newly-established museum trust. This trust is supported financially by Sedgemoor District Council, but is also dependent on sponsorship, donations and shop sales to help maintain its programme of exhibitions, publications and events. The museum aims to illustrate the history, geology and community of Axbridge and the surrounding area (the area of the old Axbridge Rural District Council, which included many neighbouring villages such as Cheddar, Wedmore, Mark and Winscombe). There is a core of long-term and permanent exhibits, reviewed regularly for possible changes, updates, and revised displays and information, and there is a programme of temporary exhibitions to reflect many aspects of local life and heritage. The museum shop offers a variety of items of local interest, especially relating to the history of the area......................

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