The King Lear tour is now well under way with Margate, Turkey, and shortly, Bristol, under the collective cast belt.

It is perhaps apt to tour King Lear  to this location given how influential two women in particular, were in the shaping of this domain frequented by kings. Redevelopment and restoration of the Estate that became known as Hodsock Priory was largely undertaken by Anne Chambers and Mrs Margaret Mellis, between 1805 and 1930.

From the mid-twelfth century the Cressey family owned Hodsock. Over 200 years they held sufficient positions of power and entertained Henry II, John and Edward I. In the early fifteenth century the estate passed to the Clifton family, who owned Hodsock for fourteen generations until 1765. During this time, in 1541, Henry VIII visited.

You can read more about the history of Hodsock here.

Snowdrops in foreground of shot, red brick building in background

A country setting

Hodsock Priory is an historic country house set in 800 acres of countryside on the border of Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. The first half of the twentieth century witnessed changing styles of gardening. The splendours of the Hodsock gardens were well known thanks to the Head Gardener, Mr Arthur Ford and his team of five. Mr Ford was more than a gardener. He wrote articles for gardening journals, recorded the weather every day on equipment he kept in the Gatehouse and is reputed to have been ‘head hunted’ by Kew Gardens.

Every year Hodsock boasts a carpet of bluebells. With your King Lear ticket you can walk through the bluebell woods for free.



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