Event No. 7: Visit to Sandford Orcas

Date(s) - 7 May, 2019
2:00 pm

Visit to Sandford Orcas followed by Tea & Cake at the Mitre Inn

The village of Sandford Orcas, situated approximately 2.5 miles from Sherborne, boasts a beautiful example of a small Manor House typical of Tudor times. Built in the mid-16thC by William Knoyle from local Ham Hill stone, it is complete with arched gatehouse, stable courtyard and a walled garden. Much of the interior stonework, such as the fireplaces in the hall and the parlour, are original.

Only three families have owned the land – the Orescuilz (“Orcas” originates from the Norman family name of Orescuilz); the Knoyle family; and now the Medlycott family which has been in residence for over 260 years.

Sandford Orcas Manor House claims fourteen ghosts – the ghost of an 18thC farmer has been seen on many occasions wandering around the house and its gardens!

Our guided tour, led by Sir Mervyn Medlycott, will last around 45 minutes and then you may wish to visit the church of St. Nicholas, adjacent to the Manor House. The church has a 15thC tower and a 13thC font shaped like an upturned Canterbury Bell. Among the monuments is one to William Knoyle (died 1607) with his two wives and eleven children.

To end our visit, we will have tea / coffee and a slice of cake (included in the price) at the nearby Mitre Inn – originally built in 1851 as a cider house, now extensively refurbished by the current owners who have retained the original charm of the building. If you have any special dietary requirements, please list these on the booking form.

Booking Essential – travel by own transport

Cost: Members £12.00 Non-NTSDA Members £13.00

For bookings and further information please email:

Sandford Orcas Manor House
Sandford Orcas

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