Places to visit

Below are some museums and places of interest that are connected to Linley Sambourne.

Abbaye Saint George-de Boscherville

There is a plaque in the Abbaye Saint George-de Boscherville on the Seine near Rouen to mark the rescue of an Irishman and three Englishmen who were saved from drowning in 1871.  Linley Sambourne and his friends were on a rowing holiday when their boat was swamped in a sudden storm.

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Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

The Messel Dress Collection is the most significant collection of Sambourne costumes. Since Marion Sambourne's mother Mary Anne Herapath died in 1895, the women of the Sambourne and later Messel family have preserved their maternal ancestors clothing and adding to the collection with items of their own.

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Nymans was the country home of Maud Messel (née Sambourne), her husband Leonard Messel and their three children Linley, Anne and Oliver. The house was inherited from Leonard's father, Ludwig Messel, and they devoted much time maintaining and developing the garden created by him in the 1890s. After Leonard's death in 1953 the gardens at Nymans passed to the National Trust.

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Prospect Terrace, Ramsgate, Kent.

After Marion Sambourne’s parents died the family continued to spend seaside holidays in Thanet Their favourite lodging houses were in Prospect Terrace on Ramsgate’s west cliff, from which they could enjoy a fine view of the harbour.

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St Peter’s Church, Broadstairs, Thanet, Kent

Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion and their son Roy are buried in St Peter’s churchyard. Their grave is marked by a sundial. Close by is the Herapath grave where Marion’s parents and other relatives are buried and there is a memorial window to them in the church. Spencer Herapath owned Westwood Lodge, which is not far away. Marion and Linley were married at St Peter’s in September 1874.

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Victorian Society

At a Guy Fawkes night party in 1957, inspired by her house at Stafford Terrace and the reaction of its visitors, Anne, Countess of Rosse proposed founding a Victorian Society to encourage the preservation and appreciation of what was then unfashionable art and architecture. A handful of enthusiasts, including Sir John Betjeman and Nikolaus Pevsner, agreed to support the cause. The Victorian Society was founded at 18 Stafford Terrace in February 1958 with the aim of preserving Victorian and Edwardian architecture and encouraging research into the art and history of the period.

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Other places to visit


Visits are by Guided Tours

Mid-September to Mid-June

18 Stafford Terrace, W8 7BH