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Tom Gauld Cain's Jawbone cover

24 November 2021

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 […]

Peter Coates asterisk plinth

24 November 2021

New Plinth for Laurence Sterne

Rounding the corner in the Garden Room at Shandy Hall, one comes face to face with Laurence Sterne, or the nearest likeness to him that we have. The marble bust, sculpted by Joseph Nollekens, had for too long been standing on an unworthy support. Earlier this year, stone-carver Peter Coates, who has worked with the […]

Hic sedebat Laurentius Sterne

24 September 2021

Laurence Sterne’s Chair returns to Shandy Hall

When Robert Athol, the Archivist at Jesus College Cambridge, was looking in the storerooms for a suitable seat for his office, he pulled out a likely-looking 18th century chair. On closer examination, he found a brass plaque on the back, inscribed ‘Hic sedebat Laurentius Sterne’ (‘Here used to sit Laurence Sterne’). Later he uncovered the […]

account of Sweet chestnut leaf Shandy Hall

20 September 2021

Amazing relic from Shandy Hall tree

“Gathered from an aged tree in the garden at Shandy Hall . . . 26 July 1854”.  Amazing relic from the sweet chestnut killed by lightning in 1911, but still here in Shandy Hall gardens.  A leaf pressed by Rev. William Nichols in a copy of Sterne’s works of 1783. Thanks to Edward Bayntun-Coward for […]

Keyholes Katrin Moye

6 August 2021

‘Zounds!’: Tristram Shandy’s rude bits

Key-holes: ‘the occasions of more sin and wickedness, than all other holes in this world put together.’ “Shandy Hall, and what we found there.” Article by Andrew Green after a visit to see Katrin Moye’s exhibition at Shandy Hall.

Reburial of Sterne

8 June 2021

Alas Poor Yorick! The Reburial of Sterne’s skull

On This Day 8th June in 1969, the skull and femur of Laurence Sterne were reinterred at Coxwold, outside the church where he once preached. The bones were rescued from their original grave in London as the site was to be built over. Sterne had become his alter ego. Alas Poor Yorick!

Grand Folio Tom Phillips

31 March 2021

A Grand Folio – Tom Phillips exhibition opens

A Grand Folio – Tom Phillips exhibition at Shandy Hall – Our first exhibition after the lockdown periods displayed Tom Phillips artworks for the new Folio Society edition of Tristram Shandy, and many other of his works on literary classics. See more on our past Exhibitions pages.

green red and yellow marbled page

29 September 2020

Death of ‘tristram shandy’, pauper 19 September 1768

19 Sept 1786 On this day died “tristram shandy”, a tiny baby taken into St Martin’s Workhouse, London on 11 Sept 1786 St Martin’s Workhouse registers St. Martin’s Pauper Biographies Project

photo of man in cap

3 January 2016

Arthur Cash 1922-2016

Arthur H. Cash, who wrote a definitive two-volume biography of the English novelist Laurence Sterne and became a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007 for his biography of the 18th-century English radical John Wilkes, died 29th December 2016 in Watch Hill, R.I. He was 94. The death was confirmed by his wife, the novelist Mary Gordon. […]

Toby and Trim on the bowling green standing beside the fossé, Toby pointing with his stick while Trim listens intently with his spade shouldered as if a rifle.

9 June 2015

Thomas Stothard, R.A. (1755-1834)

Thomas Stothard, R.A. (1755-1834) was the third English artist, after William Hogarth and Michael Angelo Rooker, to produce illustrations to a published edition of Tristram Shandy. In 1781 Harrison & Co of Paternoster Row printed eight engravings after his designs in volume V of their The Novelist’s Magazine. The originals had been engraved by Charles Grignion, James […]

Pink roses

1 April 2015

Julia Monkman 1931-2015

Julia Monkman was in at the start of the Laurence Sterne Trust. With her husband she came to visit Shandy Hall. That visit stirred their shared vision for the house. It was then not only unkempt but perilous, its ‘shandy’ chimney ready to topple at the next gale. Together they launched the campaign that saw […]

photograph of man in pink jumper in front of bookcases

1 August 2014

Jan Starink 12 June 1927-18 June 2014

The Laurence Sterne Trust records with great regret the death of Jan Starink who, with his wife Gertrude, translated The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman into Dutch. This is an edited version of the address given by W.G. Day at the funeral. In the summer of 1977 I got an anxious phone call from Kenneth […]