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Porlock Museum (Dovery Manor)

Dovery Manor Museum presents a local, social and natural history of the locality, with a wide collection of artefacts, displays, books and pictures, housed in a historic building complete with physic garden, accompanied by notes on its medicinal and culinary uses. The exhibits currently include a fascinating collection of photographs, press cuttings and displays of the Porlock Parish.

The building’s entrance, a Victorian addition that for some years was the caretaker’s cottage, contains a fine collection of photos of the notoriousPorlock Hill and a map of historical sites, while the Great Hall contains locally-related paintings and information about the artists and poets who have visited, lived and worked in Porlock.Along the steep, twisting staircase are painted figures in the dress of the 1500s, while the connecting Upper Room contains a natural history cabinetand household, school and trade artefacts. Just off from the Upper Room is the ‘garderobe’—an early lavatory. Finally there is the Manor’s Solar which is used for special exhibitions, plays, talksand musical events.

The Dovery Manor Museum is open on Monday to Friday from 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm, and Saturday from 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm. There is no formal entrance charge but donations towards expenses for the volunteer-run site are very welcome.

Dovery Manor,




TA24 8PS

Tel: (01643) 862316