Boscombe Manor

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Olive J. Samuel
80 Pages | over 40 b/w illustrations

210x148mm, Paperback
9781897887424

The great mansion at Boscombe, Bournemouth, has had many owners since it was first built but perhaps the most impressive owner of Boscombe Manor was the Shelley family. It was at different periods almost entirely rebuilt and then later added to, by Sir Percy Florence Shelley. If one drives along the roads near the cliff edge at Boscombe today, a glimpse of a massive white building may just catch the eye. In the 19th century it was entirely hidden by tall trees and not at all visible from any road.
Sir Percy Florence (1819-1889), the only surviving son of the poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), originally purchased the house and 195-acre estate at Boscombe in 1849 for his wife and ailing mother, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, because he thought the climate would benefit them.
Boscombe Manor, also known as Shelley Manor, is now in a sad state of decline. The house has latterly housed the Shelley Collection, commemorating the life of the poet Percy Byssche Shelley and his artistic circle and still contains within the house a unique (and now listed) private theatre built by Sir Percy Florence Shelley. Shelley Manor was recently sold by the Borough Council to the Charles Higgins Partnership to house two new medical surgeries. The Shelley Theatre, has been safeguarded from development, by The ‘Friends of Shelley Manor,’ a local residents’ group.
Olive Samuel details the history and social scene of Sir Percy Florence Shelley and his wife Lady Jane Shelley with contemporary newspaper articles and photographs

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