The Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall
The Laurence Sterne Trust was established as a registered charity in order to promote the writings of Laurence Sterne, the 18th century novelist and vicar of Coxwold. Shandy Hall is where he lived and wrote The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy.
The Trust promotes Sterne’s work and international reputation through exhibitions, events and public access to the property and its collection of books, paintings, manuscripts, prints and ephemera. This collection (largely assembled by Kenneth Monkman, the founder of the Trust) is internationally recognised. Shandy Hall is open to the public on advertised days during the summer and by appointment. Two acres of beautiful gardens surround the building and are open to the public as a separate attraction. Within the grounds there is a converted granary containing a gallery space on the first floor and self-contained accommodation on the ground floor. The outbuildings contain a shop and facilities.
Gardens open: May – September
11.00am – 4.30pm every day
House open: May – September
2.30pm – 4.30pm Wednesday and Sunday
or by appointment
Exhibition open: Refer to Exhibition and events
Shandy Hall is situated in the beautiful surroundings of the North York Moors National Park. The house is situated close to the church in the village of Coxwold, approximately 15 miles north of York, and close to the market towns of Thirsk and Easingwold. The village has around 150 inhabitants, a public house, The Fauconberg Arms, Coxwold Tearooms and a Cabinet Maker.
Shandy Hall is an Accredited Museum (No. 1580) and is owned by the Laurence Sterne Trust (Registered Charity 529593).
Video - Patrick Wildgust introduces Shandy Hall