Murder, judicious marriages, journeys to the New World, even an imprisonment in the Tower of London for treason, the history of Deans Court and its residents is a rich and intriguing one.
With foundations that date from the Saxon period, Deans Court is the oldest house in Wimborne Minster and now its fascinating heritage has been explored in an absorbing, concise guide, as part of the thrilling new Wimborne History Festival.
The residence of the Hanham family for 470 years, this attractive, secluded house has undergone many changes and survived periods of social, economic and religious upheaval. Built on the foundations of a nunnery building that stood over 1,300 years ago, throughout the centuries Deans Court has always been at the heart of the Wimborne community.
Author Janet KL Seal has spent many years studying and investigating local history and this book follows several historical novels and a study of the ‘History, Myths and Legends of Colehill’.
An absorbing read, the new book, ‘A Guide and Short History of Deans Court’ is an educational and enjoyable look at a local estate and its impact on the wider town. Proceeds from the publication will be used to support Wimborne History Festival in future years, with this year’s event funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, District, Town and Parish councils and Wimborne BID.
Copies of the book are now available in Gullivers Bookshop, Wimborne Tourist Information Centre, East Dorset Heritage Trust, Colehill Library and at Stewarts Country Garden Centre at Broomhill. For more on Wimborne History Festival please see www.wimbornehistoryfestival.org.uk