Shandy Hall is a Grade I listed building dating from the mid-15th century. Inhabited by various families for over 600 years, it is now a lived-in museum and literary house that celebrates the life and works of Laurence Sterne.
Sterne lived in Shandy Hall from 1760 to 1768 as perpetual curate of Coxwold, while making frequent journeys to London to promote his writings and enjoy city life.
At the heart of the museum is the study where Sterne wrote books, sermons, journals and letters. The Study houses the world’s largest collection of editions of Sterne’s works. We can imagine him sitting here bringing Uncle Toby and Corporal Trim to life with his inventive prose.
Since its publication writers, artists and musicians have been inspired by the wit of Tristram Shandy and its digressive and non-linear manner of story-telling. Writers such as Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, and Vladimir Nabokov are just a few who acknowledge a debt to Sterne.