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ArundellsArundells, Wiltshire

Arundells is a beautiful house in the Cathedral Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire. It was the home of Edward Heath, prime minister 1970 - 74, who moved to Salisbury in 1985. Most of the house dates to the early eighteenth century reign of Queen Anne. The oldest parts are thought to have been built around 1280.

Since Heath's death in 2005 Arundells has been maintained as a museum to the former prime minister. In a sense the house was something of a museum even when Edward Heath lived there. Heath never married, and this was not a family home. Instead it was the place where a man looked back on a career to which he had dedicated his life. Writing while Heath was still alive, his biographer said of Arundells: "To some the house is a folie de grandeur, more a museum than a home. It is indeed full of sailing trophies, pictures... gifts and signed photographs of world leaders a sort of shrine to Heath's achievements. There are even monogrammed towels and matches. It was a bachelor's love poem to himself" (Edward Heath by John Cambell P744). Heath famously never got round to writing his memoirs, hoping that notable times in his life were not yet over. In a sense Arundells itself is his memoir.

Since 2008 the house, and its two acre garden, have been open to the public. In 2010 it seemed that the house may be sold, but as of 2017, the house is still open to visitors.

Incidentally, for those interested in parliamentary history, Salisbury's Cathedral Close also has Mompesson House, home of Charles Mompesson, an eighteenth century MP.

 

 

 

Opening times: Opening is generally end of March to early November. Please use contact details below to check before visiting.

Address: Arundells, 59 Cathedral Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EN

Directions: Arundells is in the centre of Salisbury, close to Salisbury Cathedral in the Cathedral Close, next door to the Rifles Museum. Click here for an interactive road and satellite map centred on Arundells.

Access: Ramp access is available for wheelchair users. Please request when booking.

Contact:

web site: http://www.arundells.org/

telephone: 01722 326546

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