The Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall

The former home of Laurence Sterne (1713 - 1768)

Laurence Sterne

Author of Tristram Shandy, a book as original and inspiring today as it was in 1759

Bust of Laurence Sterne

Shandy Hall

600 years of architectural history and the place where Sterne lived and wrote Tristram Shandy

Shandy Hall - front elevation


Wonderfully varied gardens, maintained for wildlife and for you to enjoy

Shandy Hall garden


Our shop offers our own publications and other collecting and gift ideas

Items from the Shop at Shandy Hall


All that’s news in the world of Shandy Hall and Laurence Sterne

Laurence Sterne's study at Shandy Hall


View current and forthcoming events and exhibitions at Shandy Hall

Grand Folio Tom Phillips


Review the many events and exhibitions held by The Laurence Sterne Trust

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Shandy Hall holds the world’s largest collection of editions of Sterne’s works, and related items

Title page of A Sentimental Journey

Some of our favourite featured objects

Featured object - porcelain cow (image from the side)

Porcelain cow

Laurence Sterne Nollekens bust Shandy Hall

Bust of Laurence Sterne by Joseph Nollekens

The Sermons of Mr Yorick, Volume IV, First edition, T. Becket & P. A. De Hondt, 1766 - title page

The Sermons of Mr Yorick, Volume IV, First edition, T. Becket & P. A. De Hondt, 1766

Swoop, Sing, Perch, Paddle - Carry Akroyd - opens 8th June 4pm

This exhibition precedes the publication of the forthcoming book illustrating the long-standing Bird of the Month column in The Oldie, written by John McEwen.

Carry Akroyd is a painter and printmaker living in Northamptonshire. Landscape and wildlife are her usual subjects, and as a keen bird-noticer, birds usually fly into her artworks.


White daffodils, Shandy Hall

Books, Blooms, Bric-à-Brac 23rd and 24th March 11 - 4

Books, Blooms and Bric-à-Brac in the Gallery and Wild Garden at Shandy Hall.

A special opening for viewing the daffodils in the Wild Garden, as well as a pop-up shop with books and a Shandean selection of other items for sale.

23rd and 24th March 11am – 4pm

No charge, but donations always welcome.

The pop-up shop is in the gallery – there are 14 steps with a handrail either side. There are steps down to the wild garden, again with handrails.

Shandy Hall repairs 2023

Shandy Hall repairs Jan 2024

During the 50th year of Shandy Hall’s existence as a museum, the Trust was grateful to the DCMS and Arts Council England for a MEND grant towards essential repairs on the Grade 1 listed building. The works are progressing well and we begin 2024 looking forward to sharing the lovely old building with our visitors again, in better shape than before. Thanks to Pinnacle Conservation Ltd for their skilful and considerate work. Here’s to the next 50 years!

Shandy Hall Crimson Glory Vine Vitis coignetiae

Shandy Hall End of Season 2023

Shandy Hall 2023 season ends on 31st August.

However should you wish to visit Shandy Hall for a tour after that date please contact us to arrange a visit.

apple blossom Shandy Hall

April opening for Shandy Hall this year

April 2023 will be the 50th year of Shandy Hall opening as a public museum.

curved mahogany chair with decorative back panel and arms

Sterne's chair arrives at Shandy Hall

A mahogany chair used by Laurence Sterne was discovered in the archives of Jesus College, Cambridge, in 2019. Now it has returned to Shandy Hall.

circle of drawings of overlapping wildflowers with coloured dots

New Carolyn Thompson prints for Shandy Hall

What a wilderness it has been! is a survey of all the flowers in the wild garden at Shandy Hall during June and July 2021. Referencing vintage botanical drawings found on the internet, line drawings of each of the flowers recorded have been created and layered on top of one another to create a garland, through which each flower can be seen in full. Coloured dots depicting the hues of the flowers adorn the petals.


Cain's Jawbone cover resized

Cain’s Jawbone goes viral!

10,000 more copies of literary mystery Cain’s Jawbone are being reprinted after the book sold out when a clip went viral on TikTok. The book, published originally in 1934, was republished in 2019 by the Laurence Sterne Trust and Unbound. It was such a success, even after the solution was found and the prize won by British comedy writer John Finnemore, that it was reprinted in paperback. Now this social media exposure has generated (as at 24/11/2020) 4.2 million views, 5,300 comments, over 36,100 shares on WhatsApp and over one million likes, and tens of thousands of orders in the US and Canada. It was reported on Radio 4 World at One on 23.11.2021

Read more in The Bookseller and the Guardian.

Tristram Shandy Frisian translation

Tristram Shandy Frisian translation

A new book for our translation collection came through the post this morning: Tristram Shandy translated into Frisian by Geart fan der Mear. Thanks to Jitske Kingma of Uitgeverij Elikser (Publishers) for sending this.

Tom Phillips

TOM PHILLIPS 24th May 1937 - 28th November 2022

We regret to record the death of Tom Phillips, artist, friend and Patron of The Laurence Sterne Trust

24th May 1937 – 28th November 2022

Obituary in The Guardian 29th November 2022